After spending 35 days in kidnappers’ den, troops of the 13 Brigade Nigerian Army, Calabar, have rescued the Cross River State commissioner for women affairs, Associate Prof Getrude Njar.
The commissioner was rescued by a joint team of security operatives otherwise known as Operation Akpakwu operating in Calabar.
Njar was abducted by unknown gunmen on February 1, 2023 as she was driving back home around Main Avenue Street, Calabar South local government area within the state capital.
The assistant director of Army Public Relations, Calabar, Capt. Dorcas Oluwatope Aluko, disclosed this when she confirmed the commissioner’s rescue yesterday morning.
Aluko, in a statement, said, “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 on search of the victim. In the ensuing melee, the criminals abandoned the victim and fled into the creeks,” Aluko said.
He said the troops were still trailing the kidnappers who are on the run stressing that the victim is at the moment in one of the hospitals in Calabar metropolis having medical attention, stressing that she would be discharged to go home to join her family after she regains her health.