24th June, 2022
By Francis Onyeukwu
Operatives of the Anambra Police Command have rescued two kidnapped victims and recovered two vehicles in Awada area of the state.
DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), made the disclosure in a statement on Friday in Awka.
Ikenga said the victims were rescued at about 9 pm on Thursday, June 23, adding that the vehicles, a Toyota Highlander Jeep with registration number NSH 398 HA and a Toyota Camry with registration number BRS 941 AA , were recovered the same day.
He said that preliminary information showed that security operatives intercepted a seven-man kidnapping gang in Awada, Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.
In an attempt to arrest the criminals, six of the seven members of the gang escaped and abandoned both the victims’ vehicle and their operational vehicle.
“The seventh person was arrested and lynched by an angry mob and was set ablaze before police operatives could arrive at the scene,” he said.
Ikenga quoted the Commissioner of Police, Echeng Echeng, as condemning the action of the mob.
According to Ikenga, Echeng also urged people who might want to take laws into their own hands to always exercise restraint.
“They should endeavour to take such suspects to the nearest police station whenever they are apprehended.”
Ikenga quoted him as saying, “This would afford the police the opportunity to conduct an appropriate investigation into the nefarious activities of the suspects and bring them to justice in accordance with extant laws.”