Tuesday, 24 July 2012

police rescue kidnapped doctor

THE police in Imo
have foiled the activities of a
four-man kidnapping gang
in Umuike Amakohia, near
Owerri, and rescued one Dr
Ifeanyi Okoro, who was
being held by the gang.
The state Police Public
Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr
Vitalis Onugu, told the News
Agency of Nigeria, NAN,
yesterday that the police
acted on a tip-off on the
hideout of the gang.
Onugu said the police
successfully rescued the
medical doctor, who worked
at St. Patrick’s Hospital and
Maternity, Onitsha, who was
kidnapped on Sunday by the
gang.
“We had been alerted days
before and we laid ambush
for them. Men of the police
force have been sleeping in
the surrounding bushes for
days because we didn’t
know when they would
return.
“Fortunately, our efforts have
not been in vain because we
were able to rescue their
victim,” he said.
Onugu said the kidnappers
fired on sighting the police,
adding that one of them was
killed when the police
returned fire.
He said three of the
kidnappers escaped, leaving
behind one AK 47 rifle with
seven magazines loaded
with live ammunition.
The PPRO said efforts to
apprehend the suspects had
been intensified and urged
members of the public to
come forward with any
information that would aid
the police.

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