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Police Burst Kidnappers’ Gang in Aba, kill 2

Ignatius Okpara,

policeA kidnap gang terrorising residents of Aba commercial city in Abia state and environs Wednesday met their waterloo as police in the area smashed the gang, killing two of them.

African Examiner’s correspondent gathered that the gang was also behind the recent kidnap of a popular petroleum dealer based in the city.

Addressing newsmen in his office, Aba Police Area Commander Rabiu Dayi, disclosed that his men got information that the gang was operating from a mechanic workshop at Abayi, Aba.

According to the police officer, on receiving the information, the security operative stormed the place and recovered a Camry, Passat cars as well as Cash and live ammunition after over powering them in a gun battle.

Hear Dayi:  “They operate from a mechanic workshop at Abayi. One of our men went there to repair his car and suspected a movement and informed us. We stormed the place and arrested 7 suspects. Even the mechanic is a member of the gang who keeps the gun and ammunition”

“We recovered the cartridge with 39 rounds of live ammunition and they also took us to a forest where they hid other guns. These cars are what they used in conveying their victims. “Whenever there is any kidnap incident in Aba, residents have been complaining of a golden coloured Camry car always used by kidnappers.

“They have many operational vehicles which we are yet to recover; it includes a Volkswagen Golf car, jeep and L300 bus. We are still searching for the gang leader known as Okey and other fleeing members of the gang.,” the police chief said.

The Area Commander displayed items recovered from the kidnappers to include two vehicles; a Camry with Reg. No: SSM 491 AA, a Passat with Reg. No: MHA 25 BA, N285, 39 rounds of live ammunition and N265, 000 cash.

He however, vowed to apprehend the fleeing members of the gang whom he said are responsible for most kidnapping incidents in the South East zone “

“We are on a search for fleeing members of the gang. We have spread our nets. We are closing in on them. Our investigations revealed that they operate in Imo, Rivers, Anambra and Abia states. “We are calling on members of the public to report anybody with bullet wounds to the police for prompt action.

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