Two kidnappers were on Monday night killed when they engaged the operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Rivers State Police Command in a gun battle in a forest in Umuebulu, Etche Local Government Area.
The AUTHORITY learned that the kidnappers were on their way to receive ransom for the release of three victims in their den when they were trailed and killed by the police.
The state Police Command Public Relations Officer, Mr Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed the incident, said that the operatives played along with the kidnappers who were waiting for the ransom, traced them to the forest in Umuebulu where the kidnapped victims, Amadi Okey, Comrade Stanley Odioye and Princess Maduegbulam were blindfolded and held captive.
Omoni said: “The hoodlums on sighting the police engaged them in a gun duel and in a return fire, two of the hoodlums were fatally wounded, while the other two escaped with bullet wounds.”
He said that the hostages were rescued and handed over to their families after being debriefed, adding that the operatives were combing the bushes with a view to arresting the fleeing hoodlums and recovering their weapons.
Meanwhile, two locally made guns, 10 cartridges were recovered from the kidnappers.
Similarly, the operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit have arrested one Kelvin Goodluck and two others for driving a suspected stolen Green Toyota Camry car with Registration Number: MUS 226 DF, along Aba Road, Port Harcourt.
In a press statement, Omoni said that the suspects who were interrogated confessed and led operatives to a car stand at Osisioma along Aba/Enugu Expressway, where one Chibuna Onyema and Lambert Nwodu were arrested and eight other suspected stolen cars recovered from them.