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27 Dec 2017

Police Rescue Rivers Monarch 12 Hours After Abduction

Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force in Rivers State have proved to be proactive following the timely rescue of an abducted man.

Operatives of the Rivers State Police Command have rescued the Paramount Ruler of Mgbuolua in Rundele Community, Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, Eze G.A. Omodu.

Omodu, who was kidnapped in the early hours of Tuesday, was said to have been rescued by security operatives barely 12 hours after he was kidnapped.

The paramount ruler was abducted by the gunmen around 2.30am after he had celebrated Christmas with his family.

The community ruler had returned home with his family for the Christmas celebration before he was whisked away by his captors.

A community source, Alex Igbeni, who told one of Punch reporters about the development, noted that the victim’s car was later recovered between Rumuji and Ndele axis of the East-West Road.

Igbeni said the kidnapping of the community ruler had thrown the community into panic and anxiety, noting that the youths and chiefs of the area were angry over the abduction of their ruler.

Igbani said the youths of the area had mobilised a search party to look for their paramount ruler.

He narrated, “Around 2:30am today (Tuesday), unknown gunmen invaded the house of the paramount ruler of Mgbuolua, who just travelled home with his family yesterday for Christmas and kidnapped him and also made away with his car.

“But his car was found at the boundary between Ndele and Rumuji communities on the East-West Road. We believe that the kidnappers took him through the bush there. We want security operatives to help us.”

However, it did not take long before the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the State Police Command entered the bush in search of the monarch.

It was learnt that the hoodlums, who sensed of the presence of armed security operatives in the bush, allowed their victim to go in order to avoid being arrested by the police.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, said the kidnappers had noticed that security agents were already closing in on them in the bush and decided to allow their victim to go.

“We did not waste any time as our men went into the bush in search of the traditional ruler and they were able to rescue him as the kidnappers left him when they noticed that our men were getting close to them inside the bush.

“The rescue of the monarch was achieved under 12 hours after he was kidnapped. Our Anti-Kidnapping Unit moved into the area and into the bush. The result is that the traditional ruler has been rescued,” Omoni said.

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