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22 Jul 2017

Police rescue kidnapped 73-year-old woman in Imo, arrest abductor

After spending five nights in the hands of her abductors, a 73-year-old woman simply identified as Eunice has been rescued by men of the Imo State Police Command. One of the alleged kidnappers was arrested.
A police source, who pleaded anonymity told Southern City News at the headquarters of the command in Owerri, shortly after the woman was rescued, that the septuagenarian was maltreated by her kidnappers throughout the period she was held captive.

According to the police officer, upon receipt of information of the abduction of the elderly woman, the State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, swiftly dispatched the heads of three tactical units of the command that led the operation.

He said, “The old woman was rescued at about 10.50 this morning at an uncompleted building at Mbieri in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State. She was kept there for five nights without food and water. We were able to nab one of the kidnappers, while three of his accomplices fled.”

The kidnap victim, who spoke to our correspondent at the command headquarters, said that she was abducted on Saturday (July 15, 2017) in her house at Ogbor village in Ekwe-Dim, Isiala Mbano Local Government of the state by four young men in a white salon car.

The septuagenarian disclosed that her abductors took her to an uncompleted building in Mbaitoli LGA, where they later contacted her family and made a demand of N1.1m as the ransom for her freedom.

She said, “The four young men took me to an uncompleted building and told me that my children are very rich. They later called my husband, Sir Lambert Nwokoro, and asked him to bring N1.1m or he would not see me again.

“He pleaded with them that he could only afford N1m but they demanded that the sum must be complete.”

The visibly elated woman explained that they later called her husband that he had until 10pm on Wednesday to make the money available, adding that it was in the process that the police swooped on the kidnappers’ hideout and rescued her.

“They did not give me any food; they only gave me energy drink,” she said.

Confirming the breakthrough, the CP disclosed that though the woman had been rescued unhurt, his command would not rest on its oars until the fleeing three other abductors were nabbed.

Ezike said, “This is another result of our well thought-out whistle-blowing policy. The breakthrough was as a result of local intelligence. Immediately the information came, I dispatched three tactical units of the command, who rescued this mummy. We will continue to sensitise our people that crimes do not pay.”

He said one revolver pistol and 30 rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the suspect.

 “There is no crime-free society and there is no upsurge in criminal activities in the state. But by projection, we expect that as we have entered the second half of the year, we will witness increased commercial activities and more deviant behaviours,” the CP added.

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