Policemen from Enugu State Police Command have rescued Pa Michael Obi, the father of footballer Mikel Obi, from the kidnappers’ den in a community in the state.
The Command’s Spokesman, SP Ebere Amaraizu, on Monday, said the feat was achieved on Monday, at about 2.30 p.m.
He said that the police operatives through a well-coordinated operation, rescued Pa Obi and his driver, one Ishaya John, unhurt in Egede axis of Udi Forest of Enugu State along Old Egede Affa road in the state.
The police spokesman revealed that the operatives also recovered Pa Obi’s Toyota Prado jeep.
“It was gathered that Obi and his driver were abducted along Makurdi-Enugu Road on June 29 on his way from Jos, and taken to an unknown destination through the thick forest part of the area.
It was further gathered that the abductors started calling to demand a ransom of N10 million before police operatives acted on intelligence information and swooped on them.
In the process of the rescue, a gun duel ensued between police operatives and the kidnappers which forced the hoodlums to abandon their victims inside the forest and they were promptly rescued,’’ he said.
“I am happy with the police operatives’ performance. I am alive and healthy. I thank the commissioner of police and the police operatives for their efforts which led to our rescue,’’ Amaraizu quoted Pa Obi as saying.
“The command is appealing to members of the public, particularly hospital owners and operators, to watch out for any one with injury or wound believed to be that of bullet and report promptly to the nearest police station or personnel. However, investigation into the incident has already commenced,’’ he added