..POS operator arrested
A 24-year-old law student Deborah Effiom, who was abducted at her residence, 17 Joseph Mkpang street Calabar municipality on August 31, has been rescued in Calabar, Cross River state.
Deborah Effiom was rescued by a combined team of security operatives including the Police, Army and Air-force, following a series of intelligence gatherings.
Nigeriacrime.com gathered that after the kidnappers abducted the girl they took her to an unknown destination unknown to them and that the police were on their trail.
Meanwhile, a POS operator who receives money on behalf of the kidnappers has been arrested.
According to Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Irene Ugbo who confirmed the development, two out of the five suspects were neutralised while the victim was rescued.
SP Irene Ugbo explained that the girl, Deborah Effiom, who was abducted at her resident, 17 Joseph Mkpang street, Calabar municipality on August 31, at 17 Calabar Municipality Local government area was rescued following a series of intelligence gathering.
She disclosed that two of the five suspected kidnappers were killed during the rescue operation.
Ugbo further said that N5.5 million that was paid as ransom to secure her freedom was also recovered from the abductors who used a POS operator as their receiver.
“After they picked up the girl they took her to an unknown destination not knowing we were on their trail.
“They demanded money for their victims feeding and N50,000 was paid through a POS operator who is now in our custody.
“They further made a demand of N5 million ransom which was also paid to the POS operator who is their receiver, but they never knew that security operatives were on their trail all along.
“While two of the kidnappers were killed in the process to secure the girl’s release, three others escaped with bullet wounds,” she said.
Recall that the kidnappers had stormed the student’s house where she resides with her parents and beat up her father while she was whisked away in her mother’s car , a grey Toyota Corolla , 2010 model.
It was also learned that apart from the 5 million naira, the getaway car was also recovered.