Operatives of the Anambra State Police Command have rescued 15 abducted National Youth Service Corps members who had just completed their orientation in Imo State.
The Corps members were from the orientation camp in Eziama-Obaire, Nkwerre, Local Government Area of Imo State.
They were in a vehicle on their way to Lagos when they were abducted.
DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, the Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra State, said this in a statement on Tuesday in Awka.
He said the police operatives responded to a distress call along Isseke-Ihiala-Orlu Expressway at 12:15am and rescued the 15 abducted corps members unhurt.
Ikenga said: “Information reveals that the corps members finished their three weeks of orientation programme today and were en route to Lagos before their vehicle was intercepted at Total junction in Ihiala by unidentified armed men in a white Toyota Hilux.
“The corps members vehicle was diverted to Isseke, Ihiala-Orlu expressway where the gunmen kept them hostage.
“When the armed men noticed they were being followed by police operatives, they abandoned the corps members and zoomed off with the Toyota Hiace bus with Registration number EPE 353 YE.”
Ikenga said that the corps members were debriefed and necessary arrangements had been made to convey them to their destinations.