Wednesday, 20 May 2015

NIGERIAN NEWS: Youths rescue village head, capture police-kidnapper

TWO members of a four-man kidnap gang, including a serving police officer in Umuahia, were arrested in Ukanafun on Tuesday after a failed attempt to abduct the village head of Ikot Akpa Inyang, Chief Aniefiok Umoren.

It was learnt that the police corporal, Saviour Amos, serving at the Central Police Station, Umuahia, Abia State, together with one Emeka, was apprehended after the tyre of the vehicle, which they used for the operation, burst.
A youth from the village, Mr. Usoro Ekong, who volunteered information to our correspondent in Ukanafun, said that on Sunday Amos led a four-man gang to the village and abducted the monarch in the house of his kinsman, Chief Friday Idiong.
According to him, the development drew the ire of the youths, who went after the kidnappers and with the help of the policemen apprehended two of the abductors, Amos and Emeka.
Ekong added two of the four-man kidnap gang were at large. He stated that the two arrested suspects were in police custody at Ukanafun.
“It was not easy for them to take our chief away just like that. As they tried to force him into the vehicle, Umoren resisted them. The suspects had to use the butt of AK47 to hit him; they also struck him with machete to weaken him so that they could force him into the booth of their Passat Volkswagen.
“When youths heard of what happened to Umoren, they all came out in their hundreds and began to chase after the suspects. And because of the serious beatings they gave Umoren and the surging youths, the kidnappers thought Umoren was dead, so they abandoned him.
“One of the tyres of their Passat car burst and this gave the youths an advantage over them. Besides, it was at that point that the Ukanafun Divisional Police was contacted and they moved in quickly and cordoned off the Ekparawa Aba Road.
“The strategy paid off as the police officer and Emeka were arrested while two others whose names were given as Ime Udoekpat and Otobong Udoekpat, escaped,” he said.
When contacted, the Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Gabriel Achong, said he was not aware of the incident.
Source: punchng