The Police Command in Imo on Friday, said it had neutralised two suspected kidnappers and rescued a victim at Avu near Owerri.
The command’s spokesman, ASP Henry Okoye, who disclosed this in a statement, said one locally made cut-to-size gun, two cutlasses, and charms were recovered from the suspects.
He said the Police swung into action following a distress call made by a “Good Samaritan” on Aug. 29, at about 12:30p.m. along Umuezorokam- Avu in Owerri West Local Government Area in an attempt to kidnap a man (name withheld).
“The DPO in-charge of Nekede Divisional headquarters swiftly mobilised his men and stormed the scene with the assistance of the some local vigilance group.
“The hoodlums on sighting the Police immediately opened fire but were overwhelmed by the professionalism and stiff resistance showcased by the ever-gallant operatives, who maneuvered into vintage position and returned fire.
“In the ensuing gun duel, two of the criminal syndicates were neutralised while others escaped to the adjoining bushes with various degrees of gunshot injuries.
“Efforts are on top gear to arrest other fleeing members of the criminal syndicate,” Okoye said.
The command’s spokesman said the victim was rescued with a deep machete cut on his hand and other parts of his body and was immediately rushed to Federal Medical Center Owerri, where he is currently receiving medical attention.
He said the lifeless bodies of the neutralised hoodlums have been deposited at the morgue for preservation.
He commended the DPO Nekede, his men, and the local vigilantes for a job well done.
Okoye reiterated the commitment of the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Mohammed Barde, to ensuring that the life and properties of all and sundry in the state are adequately protected.
“The Commissioner of Police stated in strong terms that there will be no hiding place for criminally minded elements across the length and breadth of Imo.
“He has beckoned on residents to continue to support the Police and other sister security agencies in the onslaught against all forms of crime and criminality in the state.
“In case of emergencies, the command can be reached via 08034773600 or 08098880197,” Okoye added.