Security Operatives in Imo State have arrested 30 suspected kidnappers on Monday during a joint security team raid.
The suspects were arrested in their den in Orsu local government and Uli community in Ihiala local government area of Anambra state.
A traditional ruler who was kidnapped in Okigwe local government area on Sunday, Acho Ndukwe of the Ihube autonomous community, was also released during the raid.
Meanwhile, the whereabouts of the other kidnapped traditional ruler of Ihitte Ihube autonomous community, Paul Ogbu, have not been made known.
The traditional ruler of Mbutu community who was kidnapped last week was rescued by the police unhurt on Saturday.
Reacting to Monday’s arrests, Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma applauded the security operatives for strategies induced to tackle insecurity.
“I want to commend the security agencies in Imo State, the DSS, the army, the navy, the police, the civil defense, all of them, for putting their heads together and making sure that, at least, Imo people come home to celebrate Christmas,
“It has been a great thing of worry, wondering how entire local governments like Orsu local government would be abandoned in the hands of criminals and cannibals.
“From what we have seen, you will agree with me that these are criminals and bandits who have no future, no plan, who are killing human beings and roasting human beings, eating human beings, cannibals. How else are we supposed to treat these kinds of idiots, if not to ensure that the law takes its course.
“Oftentimes we discuss our strategies and before they will be implemented, it is foiled by the group. Because of mutual suspicion, we have agreed to only discuss at the end of every operation.
“I don’t want to encourage security agencies to tell anybody how they intend to continue this fight. But I know the new strategy is working and my government will give them every support they need to ensure that there is peace in Imo State and then Imo people will be better off for it,” he said.