C’River commissioner rescued by Army, 35 days after kidnap
Troops of 13 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Calabar, deployed for Operation Akpakwu, have rescued
Cross River State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Prof. Gertrude Nnanjar Njar.
She was rescued on Tuesday.
Njar was freed the night before International Women’s Day. She was kidnapped while driving back home on February 1 at Main Avenue in the Calabar South Council of the state.
The news of her rescue was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations Officer, Captain Dorcas Oluwatope Aluko.
The statement reads: “Acting on intelligence on victim’s whereabouts, troops laid a tacit ambush for the kidnappers around Peter Effiong Creek, Messembe, Jebs. The gallant troops tactically sprang an ambush to take the kidnappers by surprise while on search of the victim. In the ensuing melee, the criminals abandoned the victim 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 Commander of13 Brigade commends troops for their gallantry and urges them to sustain the tempo against all criminal elements in the Brigade’s area of responsibility.”
Aluko called on members of the public to continue providing timely and accurate information on criminal activities within their vicinities.