Following the discovery of kidnap victims in an uncompleted filling station with an underground room at Orodo on Owerri-Orlu road, the police have advised owners of uncompleted buildings to constantly visit their sites to ensure that hoodlums do not use them as hideouts.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Imo State Command, Mr Vitalis Onugu, gave the advice recently in his office while speaking to Christian Voice.
He was commenting on a recent rescue of a reverend father, an eze-elect and a 72-year-old man from the kidnappers’ den by his men in Owerri.
According to him, a patrol team on Orlu/Njaba Road in Mbaitoli axis received information of the kidnap incident and swung into action, sighting the vehicle used in the kidnapping operation at the scene.
He said that the hoodlums opened fire on police men and in the exchange of fire, one of the suspects (names withheld) sustained bullet wounds and so could not run with the rest of the gang who fled the scene.
The blindfolded Rev Fr. Faustinus Ibewuike of St Anthony’s Parish Uloano Ndugba in Isu LGA, Eze-elect Nelson Orisakwe and Sir Godwin Orisakwe both of Umueke village Owerre Nkworji in Nkwerre LGA were later rescued from the uncompleted filling station.
Reports said that the eze-elect and Sir Orisakwe were seized on their way to a court session in Owerri by four armed men while the Catholic Priest was picked on his way back from morning mass.
All the victims were conveyed to Orodo in the priest’s Toyota jeep.
Meanwhile, some armed robbery suspects were set ablaze by irate youths who blocked their escape at Okuku in Owerri West local government area.
A police statement in Owerri stated the DPO at the local government got the information that the robbers were firing at the youths and had wounded three of them who are at present receiving treatment.
On reaching the scene, the police recovered 23 AK 4 magazines, 654 Al 47 rounds of ammunition, 16 rounds of makarou live ammunition and four rounds of Berretta pistol live ammunition.