By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKAâ€”Anambra State Police command has arrested two members of a five-man gang that attempted to kidnap the principal of Kenneth Dike Secondary School, Awka, Mrs. Adeline Madu, Tuesday.
Madu was abducted by the gang near her school in her Toyota Yaris car, but a quick chase by students of the school and commercial motorcycle operators prevented them from escaping with her.
Though the driver of the vehicle in which the gang operated was arrested at the scene of the attempted kidnap, Tuesday, the police said the leader was arrested in the early hours of yesterday following a tip-off.
3 others on the run
State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Emeka Chukwuemeka, who confirmed the arrest, said the state command and vigilante operatives in Awka were still hunting for the remaining three.
According to him, the arrest of the gang leader was made possible by the information made available to the police by the driver who was arrested earlier.
Chukwuemeka added that the suspect was apprehended by the police who laid ambush for him while he was trying to sneak into his house at Amenyi area of Awka.
â€œWe are still hunting for the remaining three and we will not rest until they are apprehended,â€ Chukwuemeka said.
82-yr-old doctor missing
In the meantime, an 82-year-old medical practitioner, Dr. Alfred Emelife, who was kidnapped on his way to an early morning service,Â Tuesday, is yet to be located.
Members of his family said the kidnappers were yet to make demands, although the Police PRO, Chukwuemeka, said the command had been combing the state to effect his release.
Members of the Nigeria Medical Association,Â NMA, and other sympathisers have been visiting the home of the medical doctor since the incident.
Awka zonal chairman of NMA, Dr. O. N. Onwughalu, who described the situation as unfortunate and painful, wondered why anybody would kidnap an 82-year-old man who had served humanity all his life.