Police in Anambra State have rescued four children of the same parents, who were abducted from their homes by kidnappers on Friday night.
Anambra State Police Command spokesperson DSP Tochukwu Ikenga said the children were taken from Enugwu Agidi in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State.
He said: “On 15th December 2023 at about 2300, the Police at Abagana received information via Police hotline that suspected herdsmen had abducted four children from a family at Achalla Village, Enugwu Agidi in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State.
“Immediately the Commissioner of Police, CP Aderemi Adeoye, received the report, he ordered the immediate mobilisation of Police personnel and vigilantes to go after the kidnappers with a view to rescuing the children.
“In the early hours of today, Saturday, 16th December 2023, the four children aged 13, 14, 21 and 21 years were rescued close to Urum, 25 kilometres away from their home in Achalla village, Enugwu-Agidi.
“The children have been reunited with their parents while the dragnet for the armed herdsmen is being extended to neighbouring communities.”
Speaking on how the children were kidnapped, Ikenga said the mother of the children said the family was watching television at about 10 pm when electricity suddenly went out.
She and her husband went out to find out what was amiss when they saw three gunmen suspected to be herdsmen and fled for dear lives.
By the time they summoned the courage to return to the house, they discovered that their four children, who were already asleep, had been abducted by the gunmen.
Ikenga said security had been beefed up in the area to forestall a recurrence.