14 abducted oil workers regain freedom

In keeping with his pledge to fight all manner of crime and criminality in Rivers State, the State Commissioner of Police, Francis Odesanya, said the command has rescued the 14 oil workers who were abducted on September 2, 2016.

The names of the 14 hostages rescued are: Uche Obuh, Oliseh Onabrakpeya, Bisong Jacob, John Ambrose, Elijah Walter, Onah Onyeka chukwu, Okoro Emmanuel, Oliver Onah, Collins Joseph, Ndifreke Elkannah, Raphael Odili, Babatunde Joseph, Unah Gregory and Double Chief.

CP Odesanya, who disclosed this through the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said the oil workers were rescued unhurt in the early hours of Sunday, due to the efforts of the Command's Tactical Units, who engaged the hoodlums, in a fierce gun battle that lasted for one and half hours.

He said: "The last of the hostages, seven in number were rescued unhurt in the early hours of today (yesterday), bringing the total number to fourteen. However, no ransom was paid. They have been debriefed and are receiving medical attention in the hospital.

Investigation is ongoing at the Command's Anti-Kidnapping Unit.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police has appealed to the residents of the state to have confidence in his ability to reduce crime to its barest minimum in the state, urging them to go about their lawful businesses without fear, as the Command has been repositioned and reenergised to do battle with perpetrators of heinous crimes in the state.

No suspect has been arrested, as they took to their heels when they could not face the gun battle from the team of the police.

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