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One killed as police rescue kidnapped victim in A’Ibom


The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has rescued a kidnapped victim, a retired 63-year-old Shell Petroleum Company worker, who was abducted and held hostage since June 17, 2024.

A statement by the state Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), ASP Timfon John,  in Uyo yesterday said the retired oil worker whose name was withheld was abducted by unknown armed men dressed in military camouflage.

The statement further read, “The Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State Command, CP Waheed Ayilara, had ordered the SWAT operatives of the command to immediately swing into action.

“Upon sighting the police, the kidnappers started firing at them. During the ensuing gun duel, one of the kidnappers sustained serious gun shot injury, while others escaped. The injured suspect was taken to a hospital where he was confirmed dead.

“The victim was rescued unhurt in a compound located at Ikot Udobong Village in Etim Ekpo LGA. Preliminary investigations revealed that the kidnappers had initially demanded for #50million ransom and was later agreed to #20 million, however, no ransom was paid as at the time of the rescue. Efforts are ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspects.

“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State Police Command, CP Waheed Ayilara has reaffirmed the command’s commitment to rid the state of crime and criminal elements.

“The CP while appreciating Akwa Ibomites for the support to the command, urged them to report any suspicious movements or persons to the police through the command’s emergency line  09040000065, 08020913810 or report to the nearest police station.”

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