Enugu - The anti-kidnap squad of the police in Enugu State has arrested eight persons suspected to have kidnapped the Vice Chancellor of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Prof. Cyprian Onyeji.
A statement in Enugu on Wednesday from the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Ebere Amarizu, said the suspects were arrested after a gun battle with the police at Safety Hotel, Uwani, at about 1.30 a.m.
According to the statement, the suspects are connected with some kidnap activities in the South East and its environs.
The statement said the suspects had given convincing insights about their role in the recent kidnap of Onyeji, as well as other incidents in the state.
It disclosed that a Volkswagen Vento car, two riffles and five loaded magazines with 52 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the suspects.
"Following their arrest, they confessed that their gang leader and other members arrived from Port Harcourt.
"Then at about 1:30 a.m., security operatives were led to Safety Hotels at Uwani in Enugu where severe gun duel ensued between the suspected kidnappers and the security operatives."
The command appealed to the members of the public, particularly hospitals, to watch out for anybody with bullet injuries and to promptly report such for appropriate actions.
The statement commended the cooperation of other security agencies, the media and the public for providing useful information and assistance leading to the achievement.
It said the command would continue to partner with the citizens to eradicate crime from the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Onyeji was abducted in August and rescued after eight days at Igbariam in Anambra.