A 27 years old nursing mother Favour Emmanuel Owhorji who was kidnapped on the 13th March from her home in Omagwa Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State Yesterday regained her freedom from her captors, after she spent 9 days in the hands of her captors
The victim favor Owhorji shortly after rescue was brought to the Rivers State Police Command Headquarters at Moscow Road by Men of the IGP monitoring Unit headed by DCP Benneth IGWE
Favour who was looking very Frail and weak told our correspondent Anita Ogona that the kidnapers stormed their family house at past eight on the night 13th March 2019 and demanded for her husband and since she could not account for her husband’s where about was ordered to drop her suckling baby of three months old and follow the gang of three after they took valuable items from her home including a 32-inch plasma television and whisked her off to an unknown destination. ‘’she said they came with three bikes and one person sat with me on the bike including the man driving the Bike and drove through the back to one building in IBAA a community in Emuoha Local Government Area and they started making calls.
They blind folded me and said they won’t hurt me that they just kidnappers and they needed money if husband cooperate they won’t kill me. ’’Three days later they told me that if my husband or family members pay the ransom they will release me and later that day they took me to thick forest they kept moving me from one camp to another inside the forest where I met one other man that was kidnapped but his family paid the ransom and he was released that same day, I heard gunshots today the leader of the gang called kidnappers with me on the phone and told them to release me that government has come and they started arguing, and later they ran away and police came and untied me and brought me here. I just want to thank the police for job well done I thought I was going to die but thank god I am alive.
The police public relation officer DSP Nnamdi Omoni shortly after debriefing the victim and handing her over to her Husband awaiting arms said the kingpin of the kidnappers was lured by men of the IGP monitoring team led by DCP BENNETH IGWE while playing along with the kidnappers as they came to collect the negotiated Ransom of one million at OMPADEC junction in Igwurrita town in Omagwa where the one who came to pick the Ransom was arrested, the suspect arrested took police into a forest at IBAA where the victim was kept and on sighting the police hoodlums engaged police in Cross fire where one of them was fatally wounded.
Others escaped with bullet wounds and consequently the victim was rescued unhurt, exhibits recovered from the camp include one AK47 riffle, ten live ammunition, Nokia handset used for negotiation and demanding for the ransom and a cash of one million naira.
Meanwhile an intensive search has been launched with a view to arresting the fleeing suspects and also free others still in captivity. we therefore urge the public to be more security conscious and report all suspicious persons or movement around them to the police, as no efforts will be speared by the command in dealing with all criminal elements within the state.
You can reach the police through the following security lines:(1) 08032003514, (2) 08028915462 (3)08182157778, (4) 08033279180