Dramatic rescue of kidnap victim by police draws cheers

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A 61-year-old businessman was on Tuesday evening rescued from his abductors by men of Nigeria Police in Gboko local government area of Benue State.

The victim, Mr John Akombo, a Nigerian Breweries distributor, was abducted from his office, his abductors forcing him into their Honda Pilot SUV at gunpoint.

Luck ran out on the kidnappers however when eye witnesses quickly informed police, and a team of security joint taskforce from the Area Command gave hot chase to the abductors from JS Tarka Way, overpowered them and rescued the abductee around Mbaamandev, Mkar-Ameladu road, Gboko.

When contacted, Area commander, Gboko, Mr Agene Emmanuel, declined comment.

PPRO, Mrs Catherine Anene, who spoke to our correspondent, confirmed the report, disclosing that the timely information by members of the public helped police to quickly trail the abductors.

“Police gave the abductors a hot chase and when they saw that there was no way for them any longer, they abandoned their victim, their vehicle and ran into the forest,” Anene said.

Anene explained further that security agencies were still combing the area to apprehend the fleeing kidnappers.

It was gathered that the abductors escaped with bullet wounds to Mkar Hill, abandoning their vehicle, which was later taken to the police station in Gboko.

Narrating his ordeal, the rescued victim, Akombo, said the armed abductors numbering four came in a tinted bulletproof arsh color Honda Pilot SUV, approached him in his office and forced him into their vehicle.

“After we left my office, my son picked my car, followed us behind closely and alerted the police officers on patrol who trailed, opened fire on the abductors, wasted their front tyre and overpowered them around Mbaamandev Mkar-Ameladu road, and I was rescued, Glory be to God and police,” he said.

Wife of the rescued victim Mrs Rebecca Akombo, who spoke with our correspondent amid tears of joy, praised God for saving her husband from the hands of his abductors.