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Commendable Police rescue kidnapped NAN reporter, two suspects held

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reporter, Miss Chidi Opara, who was abducted at her Urata, Owerri residence on Tuesday night.

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Police in Imo State are saying they have rescued the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reporter, Miss Chidi Opara, who was abducted at her Urata, Owerri residence on Tuesday night.

Speaking with the press, the state Commissioner of Police, Austin Evbakavbokun, said no ransom was paid for the release of the journalist, adding that the police was intensifying effort to recover her Toyota Lexus Jeep and track down the kidnappers.

“Yesterday, we were alerted about the kidnap of the state correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria. Because of the pressure from my men, she was released but we would not relent till we recover her vehicle and the kidnappers,” Evbakvbokun said.

The Commissioner added that the police had however arrested Ebuka Ibeh and Kelechi Nwogu from Awo Idemili in Orsu Local Government Area of the state, who kidnapped two siblings, aged four and three years old.

Ibeh, during an interrogation, said the two children – Chigozie and Chukwuka Ezeribe – from the same parents, were kidnapped along the road while their mother was out to fetch them food.

Ibeh, while confessing to the crime, claimed that he was forced to join the kidnap gang as an orphan so he could fend for himself.

He added that one Emeka, who he approached to give him a motorcycle, had given the option of kidnapping as the only way to granting his request.

The rescued children have since been reunited with their family according to the state police boss.

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