Ebonyi State Police Command at the weekend said it has rescued a kidnap victim, a clergyman whose name is yet to be identified at the time of filing this report.

The Commissioner of Police, Faleye S. Olaleye, who made this known in a statement signed and issued to newsmen in Abakaliki, said the command received a distress call that a clergy had been kidnapped and swung into action by mobilising the tactical teams to rescue the victim.

He said that the tactical teams and the Divisional Police Officer of Ebonyi Division condoned and barricaded a marked out area which led to interception of the kidnappers.

CP Olaleye noted further that the Department of State service, DSS, was equally involved in getting the location of the victim.

According to him: “The kidnappers were intercepted along Ndofia Ishieke and Edupfu Egbu Ishieke in Ebonyi Local Government Area, where they abandoned the victim and took to their heels while exchanging gunshots with the Police to pave way for their escape.

“Unfortunately, they were over-powered by the superior fire power of the police which led to one of them being neutralized and the arrest of two principal suspects.

Items recovered from the kidnappers includes; AK-47 and one Lar rifles, two vehicles including that of the victim.

The Commissioner of Police, however, warned criminals to lay down their arms or leave the State.

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