By Martin Iyonguvihi
The Benue State Police Command Thursday, rescued a lecturer with the Benue State University (BSU), Dr Godwin Kwanga, who was abducted by unknown gunmen last Tuesday, 31 August, 2021 in Makurdi.
A statement by the Benue Police Public Relations Officer PPRO, DSP
Catherine Anene, stated that the victim who was kidnapped along George Akume way was rescued after the police engaged the hoodlums in a heavy gun duel at Tse-Anjov village, Welfare Quarters area of Makurdi.
The statement read in part: “On 31st August, 2021 at about 11:30pm, information was received that Dr Godwin Kwanga of Gaadi layout, Makurdi who left his business premises along George Akume way was kidnapped by unknown gun men and taken to an unknown destination.
“Police operatives were deployed immediately to commenced investigation and a Toyota Highlander SUV belonging to the victim was recovered on the same day while investigation continued.
“On 2nd September, 2021 at about 10am, information was gathered that the victim was held hostage at Tse-Anjov village, Welfare Quarters, Makurdi, operatives invaded the hideout and the suspects engaged the police in a gun duel but were overpowered by the police. The victim was successfully rescued unhurt while the hoodlums escaped with bullets wounds,” she said.
The statement listed Items recovered from the scene to include; one (1) AK-47 rifle loaded with eight (8) live ammunition, forty three (43) expanded ammunition and two Toyota Camry vehicles.
She advised members of the public to always provide useful information to the police about any suspected movement of hoodlums and cooperate with officers who are on trial of the hoodlums. While also assuring the good people of Benue state of the continuous efforts of the command under the leadership of CP Tunji Akingbola, to rid the state of criminality.