One of the suspects.
Onovewakpoyeya further disclosed that three rifles, two cars among other things were recovered from the suspects
By Nweze Anaga, Abakaliki
The Police in Ebonyi State have arrested two kidnap suspects and gundown another during an exchange of fire.
The fleeing suspects, it was gathered, allegedly kidnaped one cleric.
Ebonyi State Police Command confirmed the incident in a statement issued by its Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Onome Onovewakpoyeya, on April 23, 2023.
She explained that the command intercepted the suspects at Ndofia Ishieke in Ebonyi Local Government Area, while their victim, who is a cleric, was rescued.
Onovewakpoyeya further disclosed that three rifles, two cars among other things were recovered from the suspects.
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Her words: “Today being 23/04/2023, the Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Police Command, CP Faleye S. Olaleye, psc received a distress call that a cleric had been kidnapped.
“He immediately swung into action by mobilizing the Tactical Teams and the Divisional Police Officer of Ebonyi Division to condone and barricade marked out areas. The Department of State Service was equally involved in getting the location of the victim.
“The kidnappers were intercepted along Ndofia Ishieke and Edupfu Egbu Ishieke in Ebonyi Local Government Area, where they abandoned the victim and took to their heels while exchanging gunshots with the Police to pave way for their escape
“Unfortunately, they were over-powered by the superior fire power of the Police which led to one (1) of them being neutralized and the arrest of two (2) principal suspects.
“Two (2) AK47 and One (1) Lar rifles were recovered. Also recovered are two (2) vehicles including that of the victim.”
The Police command in the state also used the opportunity to warn criminals to lay down their arms or leave the state, urging members of the public to always contact the control room number 07064515001 in case of any distress situation.