Operatives of Cross River State Police Command have rescued Josephine Etim Edet, a student of Arthur Jarvis University in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the state, who was kidnapped.
Gunmen had invaded the school on Tuesday night, July 19, macheted some students who were returning from reading classes, and whisked Josephine into a nearby forest.
The Commissioner of Police in Cross River State, Aminu Alhassan, who confirmed the development on Friday, July 22, said the student was rescued from the kidnappers’ den by an Operation Sting team led by a Superintendent of Police simply called Hart.
In a Situation Report (SITREP) which the police commissioner sent to his commanders on Friday morning, Alhassan disclosed that Operation Sting, which handled the operation, ‘fatally degraded’ two of the kidnappers and captured one alive with injuries from the gun exchange.
“Further to my SITREP on the kidnapping of one Miss Joseph Etim Set, a student of Arthur Jarvis University, I am grateful to inform you that Operation Sting, led by SP Hard, raided the hideout of the hoodlums in Akpabuyo creek,” the report read.
“The team rescued the victim in the early hours of 0112 hours today. Two of the kidnappers were fatally degraded while one was arrested alive with serious injuries.”
The CP said the one arrested has been rushed to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital for treatment.
He urged residents to be calm and go about their lawful tasks as they were on top of the situation.