By CrossRiverWatch admin
The Police in Cross River State on Friday said it rescued a kidnapped victim at Bacoco community in Calabar from his abductors.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Henry Fadairo, made this known to newsmen while giving an update on the activities of the command.
Fadairo said men of the SARS in the early hours of Friday April 8, rescued one Bartholomew Effiong from his captors.
He said the victim was kidnapped on April 7 by heavily armed gunmen while his Camry car was also snatched from him.
He said: “On the 7th of April, our men received a distress call that one Bartholomew Effiong has been kidnapped.
“The SARS team quickly proceeded to Bacoco community, surveyed the area and pin down for a while.
“The next day being 8th of April, the suspects were sighted by our men and heavy shooting occurred.
“Our men over-powered them and they escaped into a nearby bush with gunshots wounds.
“The victim and the vehicle were recovered while investigation is on to arrest the fleeing robbers/kidnappers.”
Meanwhile, the state police command has arrested two suspected armed robbers with a stolen car recovered from them.
Fadairo said the suspects were arrested by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad at Obudu Local Government Area of the state.
He said: “The suspects were arrested after snatching a Lexus Ash coloured Jeep valued at N4 million from a woman and her ATM card, which they used in withdrawing the sum of N31,000.
“The jeep and other valuables belonging to their victim were recovered by the police.
“The suspects have confessed to the crime and will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.”
The commissioner disclosed that the command also arrested one Salisu Abubakar on March 3 with a stolen Nissan car with registration number AWK 58 TK.
He said men of the police on stop and search duty arrested the suspect when they found out that the name on the particulars of the vehicle were different from his name.
Fadairo said: “A call was put across to the owner of the vehicle from the phone number we saw in the particulars.
“He confirmed that his car was stolen from him at Eleme in Rivers State.
“The suspect has since confessed to the crime.
“He will be charged to court soon.”
Fadairo assured residents of the state of the command’s capability and will to deal with any miscreant that would disturb the peace of the state.
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