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Police rescue doctor in Bakassi 48hrs after being kidnapped, arrest suspects



Again, the Cross River State Police Command has rescued a medical Doctor, Dr. Edmund Akpaikpe of Irua Specialist hospital, Edo state, around Esigi village in Bakassi Local Government Area.

According to a security source who pleaded anonymity after actionable intelligence was provided, Anti Kidnapping and Cultism Squad ( Dragon) led by SP Abdulhameed Awodi swung into action combing the area, when they realized they could be apprehended they let Dr Edmund after they were given a hot chase.

Confirming the rescue of Dr Akpaikpe on the telephone, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Irene Ugbo said against all odds they have been recording success as the police have facilitated the release of four kidnap victims in one week.

“We want to use this opportunity to warn criminally minded individuals to either leave the state or be law-abiding, we have resolved to go after anyone who is involved in crime with brutal force, as we will not treat any kidnapper with kid gloves.

“The rescue of Dr. Akpaikpe is yet another success by AKCS, and we commend SP Awodi and his men, including other units for carrying out the orders of the CP, Aminu Alhassan to the latter, we laud Dragon Squad for their dexterity because they are giving their all to making sure CrossRiverians go about their lawful activities.

“We are also appealing to the public especially those living within riverine area, creeks not to keep quiet whenever there is suspicious movement or see a face that is not known in their vicinity, they should always keep us abreast of such, because it makes our job easier, she said.

Speaking further, she said the trio have confessed to the crime and would be charged to court adding that police was still on the trail of two other members of the five-man gang who escaped during the operation.

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