Four Chinese persons have been rescued by the Nigerian Navy from kidnappers in the Igbokoda area of Ondo State.
The Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Rear Adm. Sylvanus Abbah, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the four victims were abducted aboard a fishing trawler within the Lagos waterways on December 14, 2017.
According to him, operatives of the Nigerian Navy Ship BEECROFT rescued the abducted Chinese nationals from a militant camp in the riverine area of Ondo State.
He said after the abduction, the kidnappers took their victims in a speedboat to Igbokoda, Ondo State, the same day.
Abba said, “Naval operatives attached to Forward Operations Base, who sighted the kidnappers as they were entering Igbokoda, gave them a chase.
“The kidnappers opened fire on the naval gunboat.
“There was a fierce gun battle between the suspects and the naval men, but the hoodlums eventually abandoned their speedboat and fled on foot through the creeks.”
Abbah said the naval men went after the suspects who later abandoned the four Chinese men.
“Presently, efforts are ongoing to arrest the suspects.
“The Chinese sustained bullet injuries during the gun battle, but they have been treated and are in stable condition,” he said.
The Acting Chinese Consul General in Nigeria, Mr. Guan Zhonggi, who paid a visit to the FOC, commended the navy for its intervention.
He said the four Chinese men regained their freedom because of the swift response of the naval men.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )