The Anambra State Police have rescued herders which were said to have been kidnapped in the Ogbaru Local Government Area of the state.
The Police Command also said it recovered about 300 cattle, which were allegedly rustled by gunmen.
The South-East Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, had alleged that gunmen invaded its settlement on Saturday and kidnapped 10 of its members and went away with about 300 cows belonging to the herders.
He said the kidnappers were asking for N10m and a gun as ransom.
However, the state police command’s spokesperson, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, in an update on the attack, on Monday, said only one herder was still with the kidnappers, while efforts were being intensified to rescue him.
Ikenga stated this in a press statement titled, “Update on the alleged gunmen attack on herders in Anambra State, kidnap of 10 and rustling of 300 cows.”
He said, “In view of the above, the Police Command got into joint operation with the military.
“On 24/4/2022 some of the alleged victims of abduction were seen in the bush unharmed, while one of the abductees is still missing. The joint operatives also discovered some of the livestock in the bush.
“Furthermore, efforts are being intensified to locate him (missing herder), and the livestock that are still missing. Further details shall be communicated.” (Punch)