How We Rescued Catholic Bishop From the Creeks – Police




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operatives have given details how a kidnapped Auxiliary Bishop Owerri Catholic Archdiocese, Moses Chikwe regained his freedom.

According to , Chikwe was rescued from creeks.

spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, said the bishop, who was kidnapped on December 27, 2020, was rescued in a forest between and Rivers .

Ikeokwu also confirmed the bishop’s driver, Ndubuisi Robert, was rescued.

He added some persons were arrested in connection the incident.

Ikeokwu said, “The Auxiliary Bishop the Catholic Archdiocese Owerri, Bishop Moses Chikwe, has been rescued unhurt as a result a sting operation embarked upon by the tactical squad of the command led by the anti-kidnapping unit.

“Recall on December 27, (2020), the auxiliary bishop was kidnapped together his driver, and the hoodlums went ahead to kidnap one Chioma Stephenie Ekwedike ‘f’ aged 33 years at Housing Estate, Umuguma, Owerri West LGA in front her residence.

“Pursuant to the above, the Head and Officer in Charge of the state command, newly promoted AIG Isaac O. Akinmoyede, activated all the tactical teams in the command, and charged them to rescue the bishop and others, and arrest the hoodlums responsible for the act.”

He said that acting on the said directive, a combined unit of all the tactical teams stormed Awara, in the Ohaji/Egbema Local Area, and Omuku creeks on December 31, 2020, where a “few persons positively linked to the crime” were arrested, and some incriminating items recovered.

Ikeokwu added, “The arrest of the suspects and other coordinated operations by the command led to the kidnappers abandoning victims, leading to rescue of the bishop and two other victims unhurt and without payment of any ransom. Efforts are ongoing to arrest the fleeing members of the notorious kidnapping syndicate.

“It is noteworthy to mention that an online media platform last week came the news of the death of the bishop. In the online report, it was claimed that the auxiliary bishop was beheaded and his head and decapitated body recovered somewhere in .

“The command, therefore, wishes to warn against such speculative and junk reporting, especially on social media as such is capable of causing a breach of peace. The command also wishes to commend the and the community for the calmness during the period of this travail and the confidence reposed in the Nigeria Police to resolve the crime.”

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