Lovina Emole, Uyo
Operatives of the Special Tactical Squad in Akwa Ibom State has killed three suspected kidnappers in Mbiaso Community of Nsit Ibom local government area of the state.
The suspects were killed during a gun duel with operatives of the squad led by CSP Julian Igbodu when they stormed their hideout in the area.
The squad also exhumed the corpse of a businessman whom the kidnappers abducted and killed after collecting a ransom N2 million from his family members.
The deceased businessman, Onyeka Ezewulu, it was gathered was shot by the hoodlums after attempting to run away when they stormed his house along Idoro road, Uyo, Akwa Ibom state to kidnap him.
It was further gathered that Ezewulu who died after losing so much blood from the bullets wounds was buried in a shallow grave.
The Tactical team, it was gathered was accompanied by two pathologists from the police and the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital who conducted an autopsy on the deceased body before the corpse was handed over to the family members for burial.
A female member of the kidnap group identified as Deborah Sunday, who assisted the police to locate their hideout, told newsmen that three other gang members had on March 5, 2021ambushed and kidnapped Ezewulu along Idoro road.
She explained that when her gang members ambushed Ezewulu he attempted to run away, they shot him in the right leg, bundled him into their Toyota Camry car and brought him to the hideout.
Deborah Sunday confessed that she got her own share of the sum of N2 million ransom they had succeeded in receiving from their victim’s family.
Meanwhile the deceased brother who identified himself as Patrick, disclosed that the China based businessman who deals in exotic boxes and clothes was actually coming to check on his family and his business outlets in the state, when the unfortunate incident happened.
He lamented that they didn’t know that he was already dead while the kidnappers were negotiating with them (family members) for ransom for his release.
According to him: “Unknown to us the hoodlums had already killed Onyeka, before we paid them the sum of N2million on March 10, 2021, as ransom for them to release him. That is why after the payment was made to them we waited days to see him regain his freedom, but to no avail.
“We didn’t know he actually died a day after he was kidnapped, that is four days before we paid the ransom for his release. This is sad.”
Addressing newsmen after the body of deceased was exhumed, the Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko MacDon described the incident as unfortunate and regrettable, and appealed to members of the public to always provide useful information on criminal activities within their domains.
Odiko who lauded the Tactical team for the feat recorded disclosed that the three kidnappers were gunned down when they attempted to escape on sighting the police.