Crime & SecurityNewsNigeriaKidnap Victim Rescued by Police in Enugu, 2 Hoodlums Gunned Down

Two members of a criminal gang on the criminals’ watch list of the Enugu State Police Command were gunned down by police operatives and their victim was rescued.

The new Commissioner of Police Enugu State Command, CP Kanayo Uzuegbu disclosed this in the bulletin signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe on Monday.

“A combined team of Police Operatives drawn from the NPF Special Forces, Awkunanaw Police Division and Tactical Teams of the Enugu State Command, led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of Operations, DCP Olasoji Akinbayo, on 20/08/2023 at about 8 pm, rescued a male kidnap victim (names withheld) at Centenary, along Enugu/Port-Harcourt Expressway, after a gun fight with the hoodlums.”

While one of the hoodlums identified as Baron was gunned down in a shootout with the Police at the spot, the lifeless body of Chukwunonso a.k.a. “Nolly” was found at the forest near Centenary during a manhunt launched by the police against the fleeing gang members; “some of the gang members escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds,” DSP Daniel Ndukwe wrote.

Meanwhile, the victim’s black-colored Lexus 350 Jeep was recovered alongside 1 locally made revolver gun loaded with four 4 cartridges, and another locally fabricated pistol belonging to the hoodlums was recovered.

Commending the police operatives for quickly adapting to the new crime-fighting strategies he introduced, CP Uzuegbu also tasked them and other Police personnel of the Command to sustain the tempo; He said, “There will be no breathing space for unrepentant criminals in the State.”

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