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Police Rescue Abduction Victim In Southeast Nigeria

Nigeria Police officers have secured the “unconditional” release of a kidnap victim in Ebonyi state, Southeast Nigeria.

Police in Nigeria said they rescued a man who was kidnapped on Jan. 30, 2021, in Ebonyi, a Southeastern state.

A statement by Loveth Odah, police spokesperson in the state, seen by HumAngle on Friday, said the victim, Umoke Solomon, was abducted when armed men attacked him and his two other brothers while journeying along Isophumini II Ezzagu, Ishielu Local Government Area of the state.

“You will recall that on January 30, at about 7 p.m., some gunmen attacked three brothers, Umoke Solomon, Peter and Chikieze, together with one Otubo Sunday, at Isophumini II Ezzagu in Ishielu Local Government Area,” the statement reads.

“The victims were driving in a Toyota Rav4 and a Toyota Camry car before the gunmen opened fire on them; as a result, the victims sustained gunshot injuries.”

“In the process, the gunmen abducted Umoke Solomon and took him to an unknown destination.”

She said the kidnappers had demanded a N10 million ransom be paid on Feb. 3 by the victim’s family.

The police, she said, were on ground to burst the kidnappers’ den.

“On the same Feb. 3, intelligence-led investigation which facilitated the unconditional release of the victim led operatives of AK Unit to the kidnappers’ hideout at a forest near Iyioku River, Ezzagu Forest in Ishielu,” she said.

“The kidnappers escaped with gunshot wounds.”

She said the victim had reunited with his family.

As Nigeria battles insecurity with decade-long Boko Haram insurgency in its northeastern region—now extending to the northwest, a thriving kidnapping industry is booming in its southern part with many expressing concerns about President Muhammadu Buhari’s handling of the situation.

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