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Police rescue woman kidnapped in C’ River, kill one

The Cross River State Police Command on Saturday rescued one Mrs. Comfort Udoenwang, kidnapped on October 2 , 2017 by gunmen and taken to Akpap-Okoyong village in Odukpani Local Government Area of the state .

The state Commissioner of Police , Mr . Hafiz Inuwa, who disclosed this in Calabar, said the victim was rescued in the early hours of Saturday .

Inuwa said the suspect was whisked away on October 2 , along Jesus Avenue in Calabar -South.

He added that the rescue operation was carried out by the newly formed anti-kidnapping / cultism unit of the command .

He said , “At the early hours of Saturday , my men swooped into a kidnapper’ s hideout identified to be that of a syndicate that specialises in kidnapping , robbery and assassination as well as that of a group that kidnapped Mrs. Udoenwang .

“On sighting the police , the hoodlums opened fire on our detectives and as a result of exchange of fire, one of the suspects, Isaac Sabastine , was gunned down. His dead body has been deposited at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital mortuary .

“We recovered one locally- made pistol and a live cartridge , axe, Nigerian army camouflage, one mask and one Black Axe confraternity banner . We also arrested one of the suspects , Elle David , while their kingpin, one Ayi Etok , narrowly escaped with gunshot wounds .

“A Toyota Highlander with number plate ANA 420 CK belonging to the victim was also recovered . Investigation is ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspects . ”

The commissioner warned those with criminal intent to desist from the act, saying the command under his leadership would not spare anyone caught engaging in illegality .

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