Policemen in Cross Rivers have rescued one Comfort Udoenwang, who was abducted by gunmen in October 2.
The state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, who disclosed this in Calabar, said the victim was released in the early hours of Saturday.
Inuwa said the victim was kidnapped from her Jesus Avenue residence in Calabar south and taken to Akpap-Okoyong village in Odukpani local government area of the state.
The police commissioner said the rescue operation was carried out by the newly formed Anti-Kidnapping/Cultism Unit of the command.
“In the early hours of today (Saturday) my men swooped on the kidnappers’ hideout identified to be that of a syndicate that specialises in kidnapping, robbery and assassination as well as that of a group that kidnapped Mrs Udoenwang.
“On sighting the police, the hoodlums opened fire on our detectives and as a result of the exchange of fire, one of the suspects, Isaac Sabastine, was shot dead.
“His corpse has been deposited in the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital mortuary.
“We recovered one locally made pistol and a live cartridge, an axe, a Nigerian army camouflage uniform, one face mask and one black axe confraternity banner.
“We also arrested one of the suspects, Elle David, while their kingpin, Ayi Etok, narrowly escaped with gunshot wounds.
“A Toyota Highlander jeep with registration number ANA 420 CK belonging to the victim was also recovered.
“Investigation is ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspects,’’ he said.