Police Rescues Remaining Nestoil Workers From Captivity

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Rivers State Police Command said it has rescue the remaining seven of the 14 Nestoil Workers abducted on September 2 around Omoku/Elele road in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of the State.

It will be recalled that 7 of the victims had at separate times escaped from their abductors, it was from these escapees that the Police gathered information on the whereabouts of their colleagues which effected their eventual rescues.

“The Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command, Mr Francis Odesanya, in keeping with his pledge to fight all manners of crime and criminality in the state, which pledge is already yielding result, has again smashed the gang of kidnappers responsible for the abduction of 14 oil workers on September 2,” the State Police Spokesman, Omoni Nnamdi, said while confirming the rescue.

He said the officers overpowered the hoodlums in a shoot out after which they abandoned the seven hostages and fled

According to him, “the oil workers were rescued unhurt due largely to the efforts of the Command’s Tactical Units, which, in the early hours of today {Sunday}, engaged the hoodlums in a fierce gun battle which lasted for one and half hours, leading to the rescue of the victims.

“The hoodlums fled, abandoning their hostages. Efforts are on to arrest and bring them to justice. The last of the hostages, seven in number, were rescued unhurt bringing the total number to 14.

“However, no ransom was paid. They have been debriefed and are receiving medical attention in the hospital. Investigation is ongoing at the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit,” he said.

The Police PRO listed the names of the freed hostages as Uche Obuh, Oliseh Onabrakpeya, Bisong Jacob, John Ambrose, Elijah Walter, Onah Onyekachukwu, Okoro Emmanuel, Oliver Onah, Collins Joseph, Ndifreke Elkannah, Raphael Odili, Babatunde Joseph, Unah Gregory and Double Chief, all male.

He said the Commissioner of Police, “wishes to appeal to the residents of the state to have confidence in his ability to reduce crime to its barest minimum in the state.

“He urged them to go about their lawful businesses without fear, as the Command has been repositioned and re-energised to do battle with perpetrators of heinous crimes in the state, while appealing to the public to cooperate with the police in the area of information sharing.”

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