- Police have rescued a kidnap victim, Sidney Onoh, in Rivers state
- Onoh was rescued on Wednesday, September 12, by the IGP anti-kidnapping monitoring unit in the state
- The victim, while recounting his experience, said that his rescue has changed his perception about the Nigeria police
The Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim's anti-kidnapping monitoring unit on Wednesday, September 12, rescued one Sidney Onoh from the den of kidnappers in the swamping area of Nkpolu community in Obio-Akpor local government area of Rivers state.
NAIJ.com regional reporter in Port Harcourt, Tony Ihunwo, reports that Onoh while narrating his experience, said that he was abducted by the gate of his compound at Mercy land area in the Rumuigbo community of the Obio-Akpor local government.
It was gathered that while recounting his traumatic experience in the hands of his abductors in office of the IGP anti-kidnapping monitoring at Aluu in Ikwerre local government area, said the kidnappers had earlier demanded for N20million ransom.
He said: "We were in the process of negotiating the ransom downwards when the IGP squad stormed their hideout when I was rescued. They demanded for N20million ransom and I told them I have never seen that kind of money in my life.
"And that even my company cannot pay that kind of money. And I told them that the highest amount my friends can raise for me is a million Naira and they said that amount is not near the amount of money they anticipate as ransom.
"Then, I called my friend who agreed to add another N1million making it N2million. They said I should send in the money. But I didn't know how my colleagues contacted the police.
"But my friends in their wisdom contacted the police. And just like what we watch in the action movies, the police was swift and stormed the hideout and they rescued me.
"There is nothing bad about the Nigeria police that I will take. Nothing. I mean nothing. Before now, I had bias against the police but I can tell you that will never happen again."
Speaking on the kidnap and rescue of the victim, the commander of the IGP anti-kidnapping monitoring unit, Bennett Igwe, a deputy commissioner of police said: "The kidnappers abandoned their victim when my men moved in with a superior fire power that overwhelmed them."
It was reported that the IGP anti-kidnapping monitoring unit had on August 8 paraded 12 suspects after busting criminal hideouts in Rivers state and arrested no fewer than 12 suspects terrorising parts of the state.
The IGP team invaded a hideout where an armed robbery gang operates from in Aluu community in Ikwerre local government area of the state and arrested seven suspects.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that Lagos state police command arrested a police Inspector who was caught in camera holding a bottle of beer while in uniform.
It was reported that the Lagos state police public relations officer, CSP Chike Oti, in a statement on Wednesday, September 12, said that the officer in question, Inspector Emmanuel Egba, was identified and arrested.
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