A kidnapper, identified as Nwasu Ikenna, has met his waterloo in Anambra State, as he was gunned down by the gallant officers of the Anambra State Police Command during a shootout.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ikenga Tochukwu, who made this known to newsmen on Sunday, said the incident happened over the weekend, at Obosi, Idemili North Local Government Area of the State.
According to him, the neutralized kidnapper was trailed to an uncompleted building surrounded by bush in Umuota Village, Obosi, where a gunfire exchange between the Police and the kidnappers ensued.
He further revealed that the gallant officers also rescued alive, a kidnapped victim held hostage by the kidnappers, while one double barrel pistol, two live and one expended cartridges were recovered from the gang.
The statement read: “Men of Anambra State Police Command has rescued a kidnap victim, one Abuchi (Surname withheld) from Orumba South L.G.A. of the State.
“Police Operatives while on Anti-Crime Patrol in Obosi at about 7.30p.m. on 9th September, 2023 were stopped by residents and informed about a kidnap incident. The public spirited citizens pointed the Police in the direction the kidnappers went after seizing their victim.
“Police then trailed the kidnappers to an uncompleted building surrounded by bush in Umuota Village, Obosi where a gunfire exchange with the kidnappers ensued.
“One of the hoodlums was shot and arrested while others escaped, some with bullet wounds. One double barrel pistol, two live and one expended cartridges were recovered from the gang.
“Arrested suspect gave his name as Nwasu Ikenna from Obosi. He identified those that escaped as Ebuka a.k.a Big; Chinedu Emmanuel and Chukwu Ojoto.
“The hoodlum, who identified Ebuka as leader of the gang, gave up the ghost on the way to hospital for treatment.”
The Commissioner of Police, CP Aderemi Adeoye, who commended the team for its gallantry has directed that the suspects at large be declared wanted and hunted down.
He assured the people of Obosi and Anambra State citizens and residents that the Police Command will not relent in its onslaught against crime until it is brought to the barest minimum.