A disturbing video showing the moment some operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force busted the hideout of some kidnappers in Abia State is presently making the round on social media.
A social media user shared the video Okpanku/@woodfetcher shared the video on Twitter in the early hours of Monday.
The video which at first sight would have been mistaken for a movie scene showed the SARS operatives as they made their way into the bungalow located in an isolated area surrounded by bushes.
Three victims, a lady and two men were seen in the footage with their hands, legs and eyes tied with clothes.
“This is how bad it is in Nig. This is not Nollywood scene, it’s a real crime video of kidnappers den in Abia state. It’s a regular occurrence. People die, some survive, some are rekidnapped. 5 close friends has (sic) experienced this in Aba in the past 3 yrs. This is Nigeria.
“The good news is that @PoliceNG stormed the place with a tip off and rescued the victims. Reason why we should share suspicious information with the police to help in challenging times. I encourage everyone to form a neighborhood watch group to enhance in protecting us.
Kidnappers are humans. They have families, friends & neighbours. They attend social gathering, parties & perhaps shrines or place of worship. They dwell among us. We need to rise to the challenge of reporting any suspected activity around us & shine our eyes to be in the look.”
He went further to share some security tips on how to avoid being a victim of kidnappers.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times and trust your instincts. If you think you are in an area you should not be, you probably are.
Know where you’re going and the safest way to get there, particularly when moving about the city during hours of darkness. Walk/run in well-traveled, well-lit areas avoiding short cuts through alleys and parking lots.
Have a plan of action in mind. Decide where you would go & what you would do should some dangerous situation occur. Know where the nearest police/fire station is located, how to contact the police in the event of an emergency, what establishments are open late where u can hide
Walk with confidence on the street and at a good, steady pace. Keep your head up, observe your surroundings, and don’t look down at the ground
Carry a whistle or similar type of noisemaker. In the event of an emergency, the sound may scare off a would-be attacker.
Take special care when jogging or biking. Vary your route, go with a friend, and avoid isolated areas.
Do NOT wear headphones or listen to music. These can distract you from being aware of your surroundings and who may be approaching you
Exercise caution when using ATM machines. Only use ATMs located in well lit, well trafficked areas those physically located in bank premises are the safest.
Carry only what you need. Don’t carry a large amount of cash or numerous credit cards and avoid wearing flashy and excessive amounts of jewelry.
Keep purses and packages tucked securely between your arms and body. Don’t overload yourself with packages and bags – it is distracting and it can make you look defenseless.
Don’t be loud in public. Don’t discuss money numbers or financial transactions in public. Keep low and maintain low profile at all times. Your safety is much more than your pride. Heaven help those who help themselves.
If You are Being Followed: Show you are suspicious and turn to look at the person. It sends a clear message that you will not be taken by surprise.
Change directions. If someone is following you on foot, cross the street and vary your pace. If the person following you is in a car, turn and walk in the opposite direction
Go into the nearest store or public place. If the person follows you, ask to use (or find) a phone and call for help. If there isn’t a store or public area nearby, keep moving. If you have to scream (or blow your whistle) to draw attention to your situation, do it.
If You are Robbed: Try to remain calm. Note the robber’s appearance and report the crime immediately to @PoliceNG
DO NOT RESIST, especially if you know or believe the robber to be armed. The best course of action is to hand over money and whatever other belongings are demanded as quickly as possible and try to disengage from this confrontational, and potentially dangerous.
If you are being kidnapped: Remain calm and corporate. Share possible line of action with your next of kin in case of unlikely event of your being kidnap. As a next of kin, report to @PoliceNG and keep mute on the incidence while police do their work. God bless and keep us safe!