Gunmen kidnap 15 NYSC members in Anambra
On Tuesday, 15 members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, were abducted in Anambra State by armed men.
The corps members were abducted at a fuel station in the Ihiala Local Government Area of the state by thugs.
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The corps members had just completed their three-week orientation program in Imo State and were en route to Lagos whthey were abducted.
“The gunmen hijacked their vehicle and rerouted it to the Isseke, Ihiala-Orlu expressway, where they held them hostage,” a source said.
The Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, responded to the incident by stating that the corps members were released through the efforts of police personnel.
He stated, “Anambra State Police Operatives, in response to a distress call along the Isseke, Ihiala road at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, February 14, 2023, rescued unharmed 15 abducted Corps members from NYSC Orientation Camp, Eziama-Obaire, Nkwerre, LGA, Imo State.
Corps members who completed their three-week orientation programs and were en route to Lagos when their vehicle was intercepted at total junction Ihiala by unidentified armed men in a white Toyota Hilux without markings.
“Their (military personnel) vehicle was rerouted to the Isseke, Ihiala-Orlu expressway, where they were held hostage by gunmen. When the armed men realized they were being followed by police officers, they abandoned the corps members and fled in the Toyota Hiace bus with the registration number EPE 353 YE.
The PPRO reported that the corps members had been debriefed by police personnel and that arrangements had been made to transport them back to their respective locations.
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