The Benue state Police Command has rescued a lecturer with the Benue State University, Makurdi, (BSU), Mr. Godwin Kwanga, three days after he was kidnapped.
The State police Commissioner, CP Akingbola Olatunji said Mr. Kwanga was rescued following intelligence reports.
The Commissioner, in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), DSP Catherine Anene, said fire arms and ammunition were also recovered during an operation that was carried out by men of Operation Zenda.
“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 commence 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 were overpowered by the police. The victim was successfully rescued unhurt while the hoodlums escaped with bullets wounds.
The Commissioner said one Ak47 rifle loaded with eight live ammunition, 43 expended ammunition and two Toyota Camry vehicles were recovered from the scene.
He advised members of the public to provide useful information to the police about any suspected movement of hoodlums and cooperate with officers who are on trial of the hoodlums.
CP Akingbola assured the people of Benue state of continuous efforts to rid the state of criminality.