The Benue Police Command on Thursday said it has rescued a kidnap victim and Ak47 rifle loaded with eight live ammunition at a hideout in Markudi.
In a statement by the command spokesman, Anene Catherine, the victim Godwin Kwanga of Gaadi layout, Makurdi was said to have been kidnapped on August 31 and taken to an unknown destination.
According to the Police spokesman, immediately the report was logged with the command, operative were deployed and a Toyota highlander SUV belonging to the victim was recovered on the same day while investigation continued.
“On 31st August, 2021 at about 1130pm information was received that Dr. Godwin Kwanga of Gaadi layout, Makurdi who left his business premises along George Akume way was kidnapped by unknown gun men and taken to an unknown destination.
“Police operatives were deployed immediately to commenced investigation and A Toyota Highlander SUV belonging to the victim was recovered on the same day while investigation continued.
“On 2nd September, 2021 at about 10am, information was gathered that the victim was held hostage at Tse-Anjov village, Welfare quarters, Makurdi, operatives invaded the hideout and the suspects engaged the police in a gun duel but we’re overpowered by the police.
“The victim was successfully rescued unhurt while the hoodlums escaped with bullets wounds.
“Items recovered from the scene include; one (1) Ak47 rifle loaded with eight (8) live ammunition, fourty three (43) expanded ammunition and two Toyota Camry vehicles.
“Members of the public are advised to provide useful information to the police about any suspected movement of hoodlums and cooperate with officers who are on trial of the hoodlums<‘ the Police Command spokeperson stated.
She said the command under the leadership of Police Commissioner Tunji Akingbola assures the good people of Benue state of continuous efforts to rid the state of criminality.