Men of the Nigerian Army have rescued the abducted Cross River State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Professor Gertrude Nnanjar Njar. The rescue was effected on the 8th of March, 2023.
The rescue was made after 38 days in captivity with the kidnappers.
Recall that the victim’s family have earlier written a series of letters and petitions to the state government and the Inspector-General Of Police on her prolonged captivity.
However, Army spokesman in a statement signed by Captain Dorcas Oluwatope Aluko, and made available to Nigerian Tribune, on Thursday, confirmed that the kidnapped commissioner was rescued by an ambush of Troops from the “13 Brigade Nigerian Army Calabar deployed for Operation Akpakwu.”
The Army, in the statement, added, ”Acting on actionable intelligence on the victim’s whereabouts, troops laid a tacit ambush for the kidnappers around Peter Effiong Creek, Messembe, Jebs.
“The gallant troops tactically sprung an ambush to take the kidnappers by surprise while searching for the victim. The criminals abandoned the victim in the ensuing melee and fled into the creeks.
“Troops are, however, on the trail of the fleeing criminals. Meanwhile, the victim is currently receiving medical treatment, after which she will be discharged.”
The Army further appealed that members of the general public are also encouraged to continue providing timely and accurate information on criminal activities within their vicinity.
(Courtesy, excluding headline, Nigerian Tribune)