Kidnappers killed during gun duel with police in Abia

Policeman patrol the street during gubernatorial elections, in Kaduna, Nigeria, Thursday, April 28, 2011. Small crowds of voters nervously cast ballots Thursday in two states in oil-rich Nigeria hit hard by religious rioting that killed at least 500 people following the nation's presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Two members of a four man kidnapping gang who have been terrorizing the people of Abia State and Aba in particular have reportedly been shot dead by detachment of police personnel attached to Omoba Police Division during a gun duel.

While the detectives was said to have been rescued, a police detective, The Nation learnt was not lucky as he was reportedly hit by bullets in the gun duel.

The detective was said to be responding to treatment in an undisclosed hospital while filing this report.

Information made available to The Nation by the Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of Abia Command, Geoffrey Ogbonna disclosed that the hoodlums had on July 18 in Osisioma Ngwa local government area 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.

Ogbonna said that the victim was kept in uncompleted building at Umuajuju Ovungwu, Isiala Ngwa South LGA while negotiating for ransom.

According the PPRO, Omoba detectives led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), on a tip off swooped on the hoodlums in their den and the gang on sighting the police personnel engaged the police officers in a gun duel.

He said that two of the Kidnappers later identified as Nwadibia and Monday during the shootout were gunned down while others escaped with bullet wounds.

He disclosed that some items including the victim’s Nissan Infinity Jeep, two (2) motorcycles and four (4) GSM phones were recovered from the gang.

He said that victim has been reunited with his family while police have launched man-hunt on the fleeing members of the gang.

Ogbonna however urged members of the public to volunteer information to the Police or any other Security Agency on anyone found with bullet wounds.

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