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Victims encourage partnerships to prevent kidnappings

08 February 2016, 15:19Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - Two people that Rivers State Police Command has rescued from alleged abductors have urged for the public to cooperate with law enforcers to thwart such crimes.

The duo, named as Austin Ajah and Winifred Frank, was rescued few hours after they were kidnapped on Saturday evening near Siat Palm farm in Ubima, Ikwerre Local Government.

The duo was reportedly returning from Owerri to Port Harcourt after attending a wedding.

Ahmad Muhammad, Rivers Police Public Relations Officer, said a citizen who from a hiding place witnessed the incident, informed the police.

This came in handy as police arrested several men in connection with the kidnapping.

Police named the suspects as Kingsley Bassey (23), Nduzi Igoni (25),  Ogechi Onyeso (24), Godbless John (24), Saturday Isiah (22), Gabriel Dimgba (26)years and Onyekachi Okpara (25).

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The victims were reportedly blind-folded and locked up in a house belonging to Okpara, said to be is the leader of the gang.

The suspects are under interrogation.

Muhammad said the rescued couple appealed for partnerships between police and the public.

“The rescued duo while describing their ordeal in the captivity as horrible moment they could wish even their enemy to experience, expressed their appreciation to the police for fearlessly and timely coming to their rescue,” Muhammad said.

“They further urged for continued cooperation of members of the public to the police especially in terms of volunteering timely and reliable information to the police.”

Muhammad said the suspects would be charged in court after the conclusion of investigations.

- CAJ News

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