Police in Anambra State, Southeast Nigeria Friday night rescued a man from a group of cultists who wanted to assassinate him.
Chukwunenye Nwadiobu, popularly known as ‘Akirika’ was rescued from the cultists who made a serious attempt at his life in Awka, the capital city of Anambra.
Nwadiobu who hailed from Amudo village in Awka was driving in his Toyota Siena bus when he was accosted at the popular Arroma Junction by unidentified gunmen who abducted him in a tricycle.
Haruna Mohammed, a Superintendent of Police and Public Relations Officer of Anambra Command said Nwadiobu was taken to a bush in Ifite Area of Awka where he had been beaten and tied to a wooden stake about to be murdered.
“Unknown gunmen inside a tricycle close to Aroma junction forced a vehicle to a stop and dragged out a middle aged man from his Toyota Sienna with REG NO.AWK-334-SZ,” Mohammed said.
“The suspects abducted the victim and whisked him away inside the tricycle towards Ifite deep inside the bush but following the distress call, police operatives in conjunction with the vigilance group responded swiftly.”
“They went after the gang to a location inside an expansive bush at Agbani ifite Awka where the assailants on sighting the police abandoned their badly beaten victim later identified as one Chukwunenye Nwachukwu Nwadiobu ‘m’ popularly known as (Akirika).”
“He was tied with a rope and about to be murdered on a laid wooden stake before the arrival of the police,” he added.
The police spokesperson said exhibits recovered at the scene included a blue and white coloured tricycle with REG NO.AWK-161-VG, an ID card bearing Ordinaka Ayaegbusi which was identified by the victim as one of his assailants and other incriminating items.
“Investigation is ongoing and efforts are being intensified to apprehend the fleeing suspects in order to bring them to justice,” Mohammed said.
“The Commissioner of Police John Abang thanks the people of Anambra for providing the Command with actionable intelligence and reassures the public of adequate protection.”
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