POLICE PRESS RELEASE
RESCUE OF A KIDNAP VICTIM AND DEATH OF A KIDNAPPER
Today 22/3/2019 at about 1500hrs in a string operation, Men of the IGP Monitoring Unit led by the Commander, DCP Benneth Igweh, while playing along with the kidnappers of one Favour Emmanuel Owhorji “F” who was kidnapped on 13/3/2019 at about 2000hrs in their family house at Omagwa in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, this afternoon, one of them came to collect a ransom of One Million Naira (N1 Million) at OMPADEC junction Igwuruta Town but was arrested.
The suspect arrested took the Police to a thick forest in Ibaa Town in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, where the victim was kept.
On sighting the Police, the hoodlums engaged them and in the crossfire, one of them was fatally wounded, while others escaped with bullet wounds.
Consequently, the victim was rescued unhurt.
Exhibits recovered from their camp include:
- One AK 47 rifle
- Ten (10) live ammunitions
- Nokia Handset used in demanding for the ransom
- Cash of One Million Naira (N1 Million) the negotiated ransom
The victim has been debriefed and released to her waiting husband. Meanwhile an intensive manhunt has been launched with a view to arresting them and freeing others in captivity.
The Command therefore wishes to appeal to the public, to be more security conscious and report all suspicious persons or movements to the Police.
The onslaught against armed banditry in the State is still raging, as no efforts will be spared by the command in dealing with the criminal elements in the state.
You can therefore reach us through the following security numbers:
DSP NNAMDI OMONI
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR: COMMISIONER OF POLICE
RIVERS STATE COMMAND