After receiving a distress call from Abuja, the Kaduna State Police Command successfully foiled an attempt at kidnapping and freed a victim in Kaduna. On the state police commissioner Audi Ali’s orders, the police detained one suspected kidnapper and found the victim’s car along with the perpetrators’ weaponry.
The event started when agents from Kaduna’s Kawo Divisional Headquarters learned that kidnappers were passing across the state with their victim. The police believe that the grey Toyota Hilux van, registered Abuja RBC90DC, was carrying the kidnappers and their victim when they stopped it at around 00:10 hours. One of the kidnappers opened fire on the cops in reaction to their presence, starting a gunfight.
The victim, identified as Segun Akinyemi from Abuja, was successfully rescued during the operation. The arrested suspect, a 28-year-old Chinaza Philip of Life Camp Abuja, was apprehended, while three others managed to escape, though efforts are underway to track them down.
The recovered items from the kidnappers included the victim’s vehicle, two Retay G17 model pistols, one Beretta pistol, 10 9mm PAK ammunition, and five 9mm special ammunition. Preliminary inquiries revealed that the victim was abducted around 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday as he was leaving his home.
The unidentified gang leader, someone with an unknown Auwal surname, and Chidibere Nwodibo of Life Camp, Abuja, were identified as the three absconding kidnappers. The abductors planned to take their victim all the way to Kano before the authorities caught up with them.
ASP Mansir Hassan, the police spokesperson, advised the public to phone security services’ hotlines to ensure that distress calls are promptly attended to. The accomplishment of the rescue mission demonstrates how dedicated law enforcement is to stopping criminal activity and protecting the public in Kaduna.