The Rivers State Police Command on Monday rescued a corps member, Helen (surname withheld), who was kidnapped at the Corpers’ Lodge in Omademe, Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.
A group of unknown gunmen had stormed the Corpers’ Lodge at about 3am on Friday and whisked the corps member away.
It was gathered that the incident had caused panic among corps members within the area, even as the community’s security group joined forces with the police to search for the victim.
Speaking with newsmen at the police division in Igwuruta (Ikwerre LGA), the victim said she was starved of food for three days while she was in the kidnappers’ den.
Helen, who is from Kogi State, said her abductors moved her from one location to the other throughout her stay in the bush.
“Three days ago (Friday), at about 3am, some armed men came into our lodge in Omademe in Ikwerre Local Government Area and took me away.
“I did not know exactly where they took me to. They (kidnappers) tortured me and for the three days that I was in the bush, I was not given anything to eat,” the victim stressed amid tears.
Helen, who was looking pale when she was rescued, was, however, taken to the hospital for treatment.
It was learnt that the kidnappers had earlier demanded N50m ransom before the police stormed their hideout and engaged them in a shootout.
Also, the Immediate past caretaker committee chairman of the Ikwerre Local Government Area, Mr. Samuel Nwanosike, who spoke with newsmen on the matter, explained that he alerted the police immediately he was informed about the abduction of the corps member.
Nwanosike stated that the local security outfit in Ikwerre was mobilised to join the police in the search for Helen, even as he commended the brave effort of the security agents during the shootout with the kidnappers.
“The kidnappers abandoned their victim due to the superior firepower of the police while the kidnappers ran away,” he said.
He, however, warned kidnappers and other criminals in Ikwerre LGA and other parts of the state to repent and embrace the amnesty programme put in place by the state government.
Nwanosike pointed out that the 60 days grace given to kidnappers, armed robbers and cultists to repent and embrace amnesty would soon elapse, adding that criminals who failed to change their ways would face the wrath of the law.
He said, “The wrath of God will come upon those who have refused to repent and stop the kidnap of people. I want to use this opportunity to warn criminals in Ikwerre LGA to stay away from Rivers.
“Obinna and Nyeche, who are behind the crime would be brought to book. We will make sure we pursue them until we get them.”
When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the rescue of the corps member and promised to speak on the matter later.
“It is correct that the corps member that was kidnapped in Ikwerre has been rescued. I will speak on it later,” Omoni said.