Operatives of the Police Command in Benue State have rescued a 13-year-old girl, who was kidnapped on Easter Sunday in the Kwande Local Government Area of the state.
The suspected kidnappers were said to have abducted the victim from her father’s house opposite the NKST Church, Akpera in Adikpo, headquarters of the local government council around midnight on Sunday.
It was gathered that as soon as men of Operation Zenda were informed about the abduction, they swung into action and combed the forest from where they rescued her.
A police source told our correspondent that the policemen also arrested one of the suspects, identified as Vershima Sunday, of Mbawer community in the council area.
Also arrested was one Grace Yaaor, who hid the arrested kidnapper.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Vershima and four other members of the kidnap syndicate engaged the operatives in a gun duel.
The source stated, “One of the suspects, Vershima Sunday, was arrested while four others fled; also, one motorcycle suspected to have been used by the hoodlums was recovered by the operatives, who also apprehended one Grace Yaaor for hiding the arrested kidnap suspect.
“The girl, who was rescued on Monday morning, has reunited with her parents.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Catherine Anene, who confirmed the rescue of the girl, said the command was on top of the matter and its personnel was on the trail of the fleeing hoodlums.
“The abduction and rescue of a 13-year-old girl by the police are confirmed,” Anene said.
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