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ANAMBRA: Kidnapping, The Black Spots, And Police Success Story

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Kidnapping appears to be one business that has refused to die in Anambra State despite the efforts of security operatives to end it.

In the past six months, over 100 people have reportedly been kidnapped in various parts of the state, although many of them were rescued by the police.

Humongous amounts of money are reportedly usually paid as ransom by family members of the kidnapped victims, even though nobody is prepared to reveal how much was paid to have their relations freed.

Although kidnapping takes place in many towns, the known black spots in the state include but not limited to Amichi – Utuh- Ukpor – Orsumoghu – Azia- Lilu- Isekke – Uli – Okija axis, as well as Oko- Ufuma- Uga – Umunze area.

Other places are Nnobi – Ojoto – Igboukwu – Ogbunike – Umunya – Neni- Nimo – Abatete – Ogidi – Nkwele Ezunaka and 33 areas of Onitsha.

Some of the high profile kidnap incidents include the abduction of four children of the same parents at Enugwu Agidi in Njikoka LGA on December 15 last year from their home by suspected herdsmen.

The good thing, however, is that the police rescued them unhurt within 24 hours of the incident.

Narrating the incident, the mother of the children said they were watching television at about 10 pm when their power supply suddenly went off, adding that as her husband went out to find out what happened, he observed three gunmen suspected to be herdsmen and, on sighting them, she and her husband fled for their lives.

She said that by the time they summoned courage to return to the house, their four children who were already asleep had been abducted by the gunmen.

She immediately informed the police at Abagana. When the Commissioner of Police, Aderemi Adeoye, received the information through the police hotline, he ordered immediate mobilisation personnel and vigilante to go after the kidnappers to rescue the children.

The four children were rescued on December 16, 2023.

The police discovered another kidnap gang at Nnewi Ichi in Nnewi North LGA and rescued a victim.
On September 14, 2023, Anambra State Police Command also rescued a kidnap victim whose name was given as Abuchi from Orumba South LGA of the state.

In the same month, police operatives on anti-crime patrol at Obosi, Idemili North LGA were stopped by residents who informed them about a kidnap incident.

Last year, police operatives attached to the Rapid Response Squad, Awkuzu, acting on credible information, stormed the compound of one Onyeka Aduba at Umuohi Village, Okija and rescued three abducted citizens chained to building pillars by their abductors.

Two persons, 31-year-old Okika Chukwujekwu and 55- year-old Sylvester Ikwuanusi, were arrested during the raid. (Extract from Vanguard)

Source: Hardcore News (Headline)

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