The Anambra State Police Command, Thursday, announced the rescue of a female who was abducted by a gang of criminals.
According to the police public relations officer, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, police operatives attached to Ogbunike division responded to a distress call along St Monica’s College, Ogbunike road, and arrested one Mr Jamui Emiron, 22.
The operatives also recovered one already damaged yellow Mitsubishi L300 bus with Anambra reg nos: UKP 729 A, Ikenga stated.
According to him, “The suspect is among a gang of armed robbers that attacked and robbed occupants of a residential house in Ezi-Ogidi, abducted a female victim and was en route to their den before police were alerted.
“Members of the neighbourhood had already supported the police by blocking the exit points within the area, intercepting the vehicle and apprehending two of the gang members while others escape.
“Unfortunately, upon the arrival of the police operatives, one of the suspects had already been set ablaze by the angry mob and the criminal operational vehicle was badly damaged. The operatives rescued the victim, the second suspect and recovered the vehicle.”
The command reiterated the campaign against mob action by some members of the public who resort to jungle justice ‘whenever they arrest suspects in respect of any crime’, but commended ‘the efforts and courage of community members in the apprehension of suspects but encouraged them to take such suspect to the nearest police station whenever they are apprehended’.
The PPRO added, “This would afford the police the opportunity to conduct an appropriate investigation into the nefarious activities of the suspects and bring them to justice following extant laws.”
Meanwhile, the rescued victim has been taken to the hospital and is currently receiving medical treatment while the second suspect is in custody and is helping the police with useful information in the ongoing operation to arrest other fleeing gang members, our correspondent gathered.