Anambra Police Successfully Rescue Four Abducted Children

Afaf Fahchouch
Afaf Fahchouch
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In a recent development, the Anambra State Police Command has reported the successful rescue of four children from the same family who were kidnapped by suspected herdsmen. The incident occurred in Achalla Village, Enugwu Agidi, Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State.

According to a press statement issued by DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, the spokesperson for the Anambra State Police Command, the police received information on December 15, 2023, via the police hotline about the abduction. The mother of the children, who made the call, revealed that the family was watching television around 10 pm when the lights suddenly went out.

Upon investigating, the father and mother observed three gunmen suspected to be herdsmen and immediately fled for their safety. When they returned to the house, they discovered that their four children, who were asleep, had been abducted by the gunmen.

Upon receiving the report, the Commissioner of Police, CP Aderemi Adeoye, promptly ordered the mobilization of police personnel and vigilantes to pursue the kidnappers and rescue the abducted children. The efforts paid off, as the children—aged 13, 14, 21, and 21 years—were found close to Urum, 25 kilometers away from their home in Achalla village, Enugwu-Agidi, on December 16.

The rescued children have been reunited with their parents. The Commissioner of Police issued a stern warning to those involved in kidnapping, stating that when apprehended, they will be treated worse than armed robbers. Security measures in the area have been heightened to prevent any reoccurrence.

The successful rescue of the kidnapped children showcases the Anambra State Police Command’s commitment to ensuring the safety and security of residents. The incident highlights the ongoing challenges associated with criminal activities, particularly those perpetrated by suspected herd

smen, and emphasizes the need for continuous vigilance and proactive measures to curb such crimes in the region. The coordinated response by law enforcement and the subsequent recovery of the abducted children serve as a testament to the effectiveness of swift police action in addressing security threats.

The incident also underscores the broader issue of security concerns related to the activities of criminal elements, urging authorities to remain vigilant and implement robust measures to safeguard communities. The Commissioner of Police’s stern warning sends a strong message to potential perpetrators, emphasizing the severity of consequences awaiting those engaged in kidnapping for ransom.

As the rescued children reunite with their families, it is a moment of relief for the affected parents and the community. The Anambra State Police Command’s commitment to intensifying security measures and extending the dragnet for the armed herdsmen to neighboring communities is a proactive step toward preventing any recurrence of such incidents.

Residents can take solace in the increased security presence in the area, reinforcing the authorities’ dedication to maintaining law and order. The successful resolution of this kidnapping case serves as a reminder of the crucial role played by law enforcement agencies in ensuring the safety and well-being of citizens.

In light of these events, communities and law enforcement agencies must continue to work collaboratively to address security challenges and protect lives and property. The proactive efforts of the Anambra State Police Command in swiftly responding to the incident and ensuring the safe rescue of the abducted children exemplify the commitment to maintaining peace and security in the region.


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