Police says eight kidnapped victims rescued in Cross River

Police says eight kidnapped victims rescued in Cross River

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Irene Ugbo

Irene Ugbo

Police in Cross River have secured the discharge of eight of the 9 travellers kidnapped on Ogoja-Ikom Freeway on Tuesday.

Police spokesperson in Cross River, SP Irene Ugbo, mentioned in Calabar on Wednesday that earlier than their rescue, the ninth traveller had managed to flee from the abductors

She additionally dismissed the insinuation that the assault was carried out by herdsmen.

“Eight of the victims are actually in secure palms whereas the ninth individual escaped.

“Experiences that the kidnap was carried out by herdsmen are unfaithful; it was purely an armed theft incident,’’ she mentioned.

Commissioner of Police within the state, Sule Balarabe, who confirmed the kidnapping of the passengers on Tuesday, couldn’t give the particular variety of victims on the day of abduction.

Mr Balarabe had instantly deployed a tactical crew, together with males of the police anti-kidnap squad to the realm.

A witness had additionally informed NAN on Tuesday that 9 individuals had been kidnapped by the gunmen on the freeway between Okomita and Uyangha communities, close to Calabar.

The gunmen had been mentioned to have emerged from the forest and shot at autos to drive them to cease.

The eyewitness mentioned some passengers within the autos sustained gunshot accidents whereas the assailants moved others into the forest. 


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