- The police have rescued one Comfort Udoenwang, who was kidnapped on Monday, October 2, by some gunmen in Cross River state
- They said Udoenwang was whisked away by the gunmen from her Jesus Avenue residence in Calabar south
- The officers noted that the victim was later taken to Akpap-Okoyong village in Odukpani local government area of the state where she regained her freedom
The police in Cross River state said they have rescued one Comfort Udoenwang, who was abducted on Monday, October 2, by some gunmen.
Hafiz Inuwa, the state commissioner of police, who disclosed this in an interview with the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar, said Udoenwang was released early hours of Saturday, October 7.
Inuwa explained that the victim was whisked away by the gunmen from her Jesus Avenue residence in Calabar south and taken to Akpap-Okoyong village in Odukpani local government area of the state.
The commissioner said that the rescue operation was carried out by the newly formed Anti-Kidnapping/Cultism Unit of the command.
He said: ''In the early hours of today, my men swooped on the kidnappers’ hide-out identified to be that of a syndicate that specialises in kidnapping, robbery and assassination as well as that of a group that kidnapped Udoenwang.
''On sighting the police, the hoodlums opened fire on our detectives and as a result of the exchange of fire, one of the suspects, Isaac Sabastine was shot dead.
''His corpse has been deposited in the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital mortuary.
''We recovered one locally made pistol and a live cartridge, an axe, a Nigerian army camouflage uniform, one face mask and one black axe confraternity banner.
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''We also arrested one of the suspects, Elle David, while their kingpin, Ayi Etok, narrowly escaped with gun-shot wounds.
''A Toyota Highlander jeep with registration number ANA 420 CK belonging to the victim, Udoenwang, was also recovered. Investigation is ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspects.''
The commissioner, however, warned all people with criminal intent to desist from the act, saying the command, under his leadership, would not spare any criminal found culpable.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the state police paraded a pastor identified as Tony Obo-Ekpeyong, for allegedly being in possession of the heart of an 18-month-old baby girl whom he killed.
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