Anger as herdsmen kidnappers escape Police Station, checkpoint with ransom

Indigenes of Enugu state have blasted Police Officers in the State for freeing two suspected herdsmen kidnappers who were accosted at Isi-Uzo Divisional Police station Ikem, with large sums of money, suspected to be ransom collected from victims who were kidnapped last Friday along Ugwogo-Neke road.

The kidnappers had on Friday kidnapped 4 people including 2 businessmen, and a lawyer.

It was gathered that 3 people regained freedom on Sunday, as their families were able to come up with the ransom money, however, a business man, Mr Anayo Ukwu, was left behind, as his wife couldn’t afford the ransom money.

According to eye witness account at Ikem, two of the suspected kidnappers were seen riding on a motorcycle, and were reportedly flagged down in a checkpoint in front of Ikem Police station.

They were discovered to have huge sum of money in a ghana must go bag, however, they were not arrested by the police.

The eye witness narrating what transpired said, “in the process, the policeman on duty discovered that the Fulani men had so much money in the bag and others tied on their body. The policeman was confused and went to call his boss inside the police station.”

“Before he could come back, the Fulani men ran into the bush with the money, but they were pursued across Ebonyi river up to Umuaram where they were almost caught but one escaped with blood drops,” the eyewitness who pleaded for anonymity narrated.

However, the Police officers have been searching for the Fulani men on bike.

Meanwhile, the family of one of the kidnapped victims, Mr. Ukwu, who is still in captivity said that the kidnappers had called, demanding N5 million ransom for his release.

She pleaded with the Police to help rescue her husband, adding that he is the bread winner of the family.

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