Six kidnap victims were recently rescued by the Rivers State Police Command.
The victims who were abducted in the Emohua area of the East-West Road includes four corps members.
During a shootout between the kidnapper identified as Zulu Ogwumike, aka Black Bush, and personnel of the command attached to the Rumuji Police Station, the armed robbery kingpin was killed.
A report had it that the corps members and two other victims were travelling from Lagos to Port Harcourt when their vehicle was stopped and the six were abducted and taken into a forest in Evekwu, Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The further report revealed that the victims were abducted last week and had been in captivity for some days before they were eventually rescued.
The spokesperson of the command, Nnamdi Omoni, stated that the operation which led to the rescue of the corps members was led by the Divisional Police Officer of the Rumuji Police Station, Ademola Adebayo.
He stated that the victims were rescued unhurt and have been debriefed and are ready to be reunited with their families.
“Today, June 23, 2019, around 7.30am, in our sustained and unrelenting efforts in tackling criminality on the East-West Road, operatives of the Rumuji Police Station, in a sting operation led by the DPO, CSP Ademola Adebayo, stormed a forest at Evekwu in the Emohua Local Government Area, where six kidnap victims were rescued.”
“The victims, including four youth corps members, are those abducted last week in a commercial bus travelling from Lagos to Port Harcourt. They were, however, rescued unhurt and have been debriefed. Their families have been contacted for necessary handover.”
“The victims are Ogechi Onyema, Chioma Nnaji, Florence Ogeh, Abel Akinduro, Franklin Ayama and Solomon Akinpelu, (two males and four females).”
“Earlier yesterday (Saturday), a notorious kidnapper and armed robbery kingpin, Zulu Ogwumike, aka Black Bush, was killed by the same police personnel in a gun duel.”
The commissioner of Police in the state, Usman Belel, has called for an increase in security on the East-West Road so as to reduce crime on the road.
He stated that the fight against criminals in the state has been productive and would be sustained until crime becomes history in the state.