The operatives of Imo State Police Command on Wednesday, October 27 rescued unhurt a Director of Dutch Global Gas Station Limited, who was kidnapped same day alongside his friend by a five-member armed gang.
The police equally rescued the company director’s friend unhurt.
Our correspondent gathered that the gang operating in a blue Lexus Jeep had intercepted the company executive, who was cruising in his G-Wagon in the company of friend in front of a shop at Akwakuma in Owerri North Local Government Area of the state.
Our source said the hoodlums shot sporadically into the air to scare the people in the vicinity before seizing their victims who they transferred into their blue Lexus Jeep and zoomed off abandoning the G-Wagon.
The spokesman of the state police command, CSP Michael Abattam, confirmed the story in a statement dated October 27.
He disclosed that upon receipt of a distress call, the tactical teams of the police on patrol within the area were alerted.
The spokesman further disclosed that the command also deployed tactical teams from the office to join the ones on patrol.
Abattam said that the police teams gave a hot chase to the fleeing kidnappers who on sighting the huge number of police personnel felt threatened and abandoned their jeep and captives and fled into hiding.
The spokesman said the police operatives swiftly rescued the victims who had since been reunited with their families and loved ones.
His statement reads inter alias; “Immediately, the command’s tactical teams on patrol within the axis were alerted, they speed to the area giving the hoodlums a hot chase.
“Joined by other tactical teams, the kidnappers on sighting their numbers and the pressure mounted, felt threaten hence, they abandoned their vehicle with the victims and fled into hiding. The victims were rescued unhurt and have since reunited with their families.
“The victim’s G-Wagon jeep was later recovered at the scene with three expended cartridges. While efforts are on top gear to arrest the fleeing suspects”.