By Ikenna Obianeri
Operatives of the Anambra State Police Command have recovered two pump action guns and a Mercedes Sports Utility Vehicle abandoned in a ditch by members of a suspected kidnapping gang.
A detachment of the police-led Forward Operating Base, while on patrol along the Uga-Ezinifite Expressway in Aguata Local Government Area of the state pursued the vehicle after the driver drove at a very dangerous and suspicious speed.
In a statement released on Sunday, the state police spokesman, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, said the recovered vehicle, a wine-coloured Mercedes GLK 350 4matic with registration number; Enugu ENU 484 JV was recovered and deposited for safekeeping at Area Command Headquarters in Uga.
Ikenga said, “On Thursday, August 3, 2023, at about 8.30 pm, a detachment of Police-led Forward Operating Base at Aguata while on patrol of Uga-Ezinifite Expressway, saw an SUV drive past at a terrible speed. Suspecting that they may be kidnappers with an abducted victim, the team went in pursuit.
“Several kilometers later the team found the vehicle in a ditch but without any occupant.
“They found clothing with blood stains in the vehicle as well as two pump action guns and a machete. The vehicle, a wine-colored Mercedes GLK 350 4matic with registration number: Enugu ENU 484 JV was recovered and deposited for safekeeping at Area Command Headquarters in Uga.”
He added that the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Aderemi Adeoye while commending the Joint Security Team for its vigilance, has ordered a full-scale investigation to locate the owner of the vehicle and ascertain the circumstances leading to the recovery of arms and offensive weapons from the fleeing hoodlums.
“The commissioner enjoined the people in the neighbourhood not to harbour criminals but to turn them over to law enforcement agents in the interest of community safety,” Ikenga added.