The Police in Abia State have sent two kidnapping/armed robbery kingpins to their waterloo after a gun battle that also saw one detective injured when they stormed a kidnappers den to rescue the Managing Director of Mba Hotels in Aba.
Abia State Commissioner of Police (CP) Adeleye Oyebade who made the disclosure in a statement, noted that the dead suspects were members of a 4-man armed-kidnap syndicate that has been terrorizing Aba and its environs.
He said that the gang was smashed by detectives attached to Omoba Division on Thursday, at Ovungwu, Isiala-Ngwa South Local Government Area of the state.
The statement issued by Abia police spokesman, DSP Geoffrey Ogbonna, gave more details on how the gang was smashed thus, “The syndicate had on 18th July, 2017, in Osisioma Ngwa abducted one Onyemaechi Mbamaonyeukwu Ijeoma, the Managing Director of Mba Hotels, Aba, in his ash colour Nissan Infinity Jeep with Reg. No. GWA 807 DH and held him hostage in an uncompleted building at Umuajuju Ovungwu, Isiala Ngwa South LGA while negotiating for ransom.
“On a tip off, the Detectives led by their DPO, swooped on the hoodlums’ den where the gang opened fire on sighting them.
“During a shootout, two of the kidnappers later identified as Nwadibia and Monday were gunned down while others escaped with bullet wounds.
“The victim was rescued unhurt and one of the detectives sustained some injuries.
“Items recovered included the victim’s Nissan Infinity Jeep, two motorcycles and four GSM phones.
“The injured detective is responding to treatment; victim reunited with his family and manhunt for the fleeing members of the gang continues.
“Members of the public are enjoined to volunteer information to the Police or any other Security Agency on anyone found with bullet wounds, please.”
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