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Anambra police rescue four siblings abducted by herdsmen

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The Anambra Police has rescued four siblings who were kidnapped by suspected herdsmen in Achalla Village, Enugwu Agidi, Njikoka Local Government Area.

The police spokesperson, Tochukwu Ikenga, confirmed the rescue in a statement, revealing that the operation was initiated in response to a distress call from the mother of the victims.

According to Ikenga, the abductors seized the opportunity of the parents’ absence, taking advantage of the night at around 10 pm when the children, aged between 13 and 21, were fast asleep.

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Ikenga stated, “On 15th December, 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.”

He added that the parents noticed three gunmen, suspected to be herdsmen, and fled for their lives.

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Upon returning to their home after the encounter, the parents discovered that their four children had been abducted.

The distressed mother promptly reported the incident, leading to Commissioner of Police, CP Aderemi Adeoye, ordering an immediate mobilization of police personnel and vigilantes to rescue the children.

The successful rescue operation took place in the early hours of Saturday, December 16, 2023, with the four children found close to Urum, 25 kilometers away from their home.

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The victims, aged 13, 14, 21, and 21, have been joyfully reunited with their parents.

Efforts are ongoing to apprehend the abductors, with the police expanding their dragnet to neighboring communities.

Adeoye issued a stern warning to those involved in kidnapping, stating, “When caught, they will be treated worse than armed robbers.”

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