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…Kill 2 members of their Abductors
IGNATIUS OKPARA in Aba
The Anti Robbery Unit of the Aba Area Police Command, Abia state on Saturday killed two of the kidnap suspects that recently abducted a Chinese national and her husband in the commercial city.
Apart from the abduction of the foreigner, Mrs Tang Bing, married to a Nigerian, African Examiner gathered that the late kidnappers, identified as Reuben Okezie and Lekwa Uzor, were also alleged to be behind the kidnap of an aide to former Deputy Governor of Abia state, Achilefu Okey.
A close source to the police in the area told our correspondent that the two late hoodlums were taking the police to their hideout at Iheorji village, in Obingwa local government area of Abia state, when other members of their gang ambushed the police.
According to the police source, on sighting the security operatives, the notorious gang fired at their patrol van, adding that the police returned fire, and while the gun dwell rages, Lekwa and Okezie, made some moves to escape but were shot dead by the police.
The source disclosed that other members of the gang escaped with bullet wounds as the police over ran the hideout
Hear the source: “As we got close to the camp, we were ambushed by other members of the gang.
“There was exchanged of fire, they shattered our patrol van but we overpowered them and destroyed their camp.
“The two members tried to escape but were shot at and they died on their way to the hospital,” the source said.
Meanwhile, as at the time of filling this report, it was learnt that Mrs Bing and Achilefu are yet to be set free by the kidnappers.
However, according to a senior police officer at the command who do not want to be quoted in the media, said the police are closing in on the fleeing kidnappers.
Abia state Police Public Relations Officer PPRO, Geoffrey Ogbonna , who confirmed the death of the two kidnappers, called on hospitals, chemist shops as well as members of the public to urgently report anybody with bullet wounds to the police or other security agencies.
He assured that such vital information would be treated with utmost strict confidence.
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