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Police rescue kidnapped 61-year-old woman

16 May 2013, 17:15

Lagos - A 61-year-old Lebanese woman, Alhaja Essa Dannawi, who was kidnapped at her residence in Lagos on May 2, has been rescued by the police, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Umar Manko, said on Thursday.

Manko told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the woman was rescued on Sunday by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), led by SP Abba Kyari, without paying any ransom.

"The family members of the victim were extensively interrogated by the Police and after getting enough evidence, a 23-year-old man, who is a nephew to the victim, was arrested.

"Thereafter, we immediately used him to stage and arrest the leader of the kidnappers, a 37-year-old Nigerian, and thereafter, rescued the victim at their hideout in the Oyingbo area of Lagos.

"Investigations continue as we now have details of the remaining gang members who are at large," he said.

The police boss said that during interrogation, the prime suspect confessed that he organised the kidnap.

"The prime suspect duplicated the victim's room key and gave it to the suspected kidnappers who quietly walked into her room in her residence at Ebute Meta at about 3:15 a.m. and kidnapped her," Manko said.

He, however, added that the victim was in good health, while the prime suspect is still helping police investigations into the matter.



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