The Police in Anambra State said it had arrested three persons in military uniforms for allegedly kidnapping a businessman, Mr Uchenna Ezeonu at Ekwulobia in Aguata Local Government Area of the state.
In a statement on Saturday, the Public Relations Officer of the state’s Command, Mr Haruna Mohammed, said the suspects were arrested in a bush near the Uyo-Eke Market.
Mohammed said the arrests followed a distress call made to the command on May 24 at about 11am.
“On May 24, at about 11:am, there was a distress call along Isuofia road in Aguata Local Government Area that three persons in military uniforms abducted one Uchenna Ezeonu around Ekwulobia Roundabout to an unknown destination.
“Police operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder in conjunction with Joint Patrol teams rushed to the scene and cordoned-off the entire area in search of the hoodlums along the bush path by Uyo- Eke market road.
“Consequently, three suspects in military attires, who abducted the victim were rounded up and arrested inside the bush.
“The victim was rescued unhurt,” Mohammed said.
The spokesman said that preliminary investigations revealed that one of the suspects, Obinna Ojiegbe, serves in the Nigerian Army and was deployed to 101 Special Forces Battalion in Maiduguri, Borno.
He said that Ojiegbe had been handed over to the Military Cantonment, Onitsha for further investigation.
Mohammed added that the two other suspects – Peter Obasi and Benjamin Nicholas, who wore military vests, were found to be fake soldiers.
He said that one Okoye Ugochukwu was also arrested as their accomplice.
Also, the police image maker disclosed that the command rescued a kidnapped victim, Mr Emmanuel Loco, who was abducted at Ogidi near Buckingham Polytechnic, Abatete road by yet, other military impersonators.
According to him, the victim was flagged down by the two men in military vest and face caps at about 5:15pm on the same road.