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Kidnapper meets Waterloo as police rescue victims, recover vehicles

Anthony Iwuoma

A suspected kidnapper has been lynched by an irate in Obosi, Anambra State. 
The suspect was among a gang of kidnappers but was abandoned by his gang members when security agents accosted them while taking their victims along Obosi road.
Spokesperson of the Anambra State Police Command, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, in a statement said six out of the seven kidnap suspects abandoned their victims and vehicles, and escaped, adding that a mob killed the arrested kidnap suspect.
“We rescued two kidnap victims, and recovered a Toyota Highlander jeep with reg nos NSH 398 HA and Toyota Camry with reg nos BRS 941 AA,” the statement read.
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“Preliminary information shows that security operatives intercepted a seven-man kidnap gang along Awada, and in an attempt to arrest the criminals, six out of the seven gang members escaped and abandoned both the victim’s vehicle and their operational vehicle.

“The seventh person, arrested was lynched by an angry mob and set ablaze before police operatives could arrive at the scene.”

According to Ikenga, the Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng, “condemned the act of mob action by some members of the public who resort to jungle justice whenever they arrest suspects in respect of criminal allegations without recourse to the Police for proper investigation.

“He also urged them to always exercise restraint by not taking the law into their hands. They should endeavour to take such suspects to the nearest Police Station whenever they are apprehended. This would afford the Police the opportunity to conduct appropriate investigations into the nefarious activities of the suspects, and bring them to justice in accordance with extant laws.

“Meanwhile, police operatives have initiated an operation aimed at arresting the fleeing gang members and the suspects who took laws into their hands by setting ablaze the arrested suspect.”