The Anambra State Police Command on Monday said it had rescued a 14-year-old girl allegedly kidnapped in Onitsha, Anambra State, about a month ago.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, said three suspects, including a female, were arrested in connection with the abduction.

He noted that the victim was held hostage for 27 days and allegedly raped by the suspects.

Mohammed said the teenager was rescued by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad from a hideout in Ogidi, in the Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.

He added that the suspects were also arrested.

He identified them as Onyemechi Aniobi (23), Elochukwu Okudo (25) and Pauline Elechi (24).

Mohammed said, “The suspects kidnapped the 14-year-old girl in Onitsha and took her to an undisclosed location.”

“Consequently, the syndicate contacted the victim’s mother through SMS and demanded N10m as ransom, which was later reduced after much pleading by the mother.”

“The suspects equally sent a bank account number bearing one John Blessing to the victim’s parent to deposit the ransom.

“Meanwhile, the victim, who was held hostage for 27 days and allegedly raped several times by the suspects, was rescued by the police and taken to hospital for medical examination.”

The spokesman said the suspects would be prosecuted at the end of investigations.

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