Six suspected kidnappers engaged Anambra State Police Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, in a gun battle at Okpoko in Ogbaru local government area yesterday November 9th, and three members of the gang were killed, while Mrs. Edith Maduekwe, who had been kidnapped by the gang was rescued.
Mrs. Maduekwe, who was kidnapped by the suspects on October 4th, at Oba in Idemili South LGA, was rescued at an erosion site in Oraukwu in Idemili North local government area of the state.
After the shoot out, N776, 000, one AK-47 rifle with 90 rounds of ammunition one pump action gun and 10 live cartridges, assorted charms and other weapons.
N1.4 million ransom had already been paid by the family of the victim.
Parading the suspects yesterday, Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Uche Ezeh said the leader of the gang, Charlie Parker has been on the wanted list of the Police for 4 years. He said following a tip-off, the state SARS commander, Mr. James Nwafor, a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, led his men to the place at Okpoko, where the suspects were sharing the loot.
The suspects opened fire when they saw the police and the police returned fire, killing three suspects in the process.