ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- The Anambra State Police Command has successfully rescued four children from the same family who were kidnapped by suspected herdsmen, according to a press statement issued by the command’s spokesman, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga.
In the statement released on Saturday, Ikenga revealed that the abduction occurred on 15 December, 2023, at Achalla Village, Enugwu Agidi in Njikoka Local Government Area.
Ikenga said, “On December 15, 2023, at about 2300, the police at Abagana received information via the police hotline that suspected herdsmen had abducted four children from a family at Achalla Village, Enugwu Agidi in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State.
“The caller, who is the mother of the children, disclosed that the family was watching television at about 2200 hrs (10 pm.) when the light suddenly went out.
“The man of the house went out to find out what was amiss and the wife followed him. They observed three gunmen suspected to be herdsmen and fled for their dear lives.
“By the time they summoned the courage to return to the house, they discovered that their four children who were already asleep had been abducted by the gunmen.”
The parents, who noticed the sudden power outage while watching television, discovered the abduction of their four children by three gunmen suspected to be herdsmen.
The successful operation led to the discovery and rescue of the children, aged 13, 14, 21, and 21 years, close to Urum, 25 kilometers away from their home in Achala village.
“The four children aged 13, 14, 21 and 21 years, were rescued close to Urum, 25 kilometres away from their home in Achala village, Enugwu-Agidi.
“They have been reunited with their parents while the dragnet for the armed herdsmen is being extended to neighbouring communities”, the statement added.
Upon receiving the report, the state Commissioner of Police, CP Aderemi Adeoye, promptly ordered the mobilization of police personnel and vigilantes to rescue the children.
The Commissioner of Police issued a stern warning to kidnappers, emphasizing that they will be treated worse than armed robbers when apprehended.
Security measures have been reinforced in the area to prevent a recurrence of such incidents.