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  • One killed as Army, Police foil kidnap operation in A-Ibom
  • By Dennis Udoma
    UYO – The 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army in Akwa
    Ibom on Saturday foiled an attempt by
    kidnappers to abduct a villager, Chief Malachy
    Umoren in Idu Community, headquarters of
    Uruan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom
    State.
    Vanguard learned, the five-man criminal gang
    had already captured their victim and spade off
    in a Primera Saloon car, when soldiers and the
    police during joint operation in the area on gave
    them a hot chase.
    It was also gathered that, the joint security
    forces engaged the kidnappers in a gun duel till
    the hoodlums succumbed to their superior fire
    power, later abandoned their victim and escaped
    into the bush, while one of them who caught in
    the cross-fire was captured.
    Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Akwa Ibom
    State Police Command, Chukwu Ikechukwu,
    when contacted on the telephone confirmed the
    incident to our correspondent saying that, one of
    the kidnappers who was wounded during the
    exchange of fire with the security forces later
    died in the hospital.
    According to him, ‘‘there was an attempt to
    kidnap a villager at Idu Uruan but, was foiled by
    the joint operation of the Army and the Police.
    ‘‘The man was rescued successfully and is in a
    stable condition now in the hospital but, one of
    the kidnappers who sustained serious injury but,
    was rushed to the hospital later died, while the
    investigation is ongoing to arrest others
    involved in the crime’’.
    In the same vein, 2 Brigade Nigerian Army, Uyo
    in a statement issued by the Assistant Director,
    Public Relations, Capt. Umar Shuaib stated inter
    alia that, ‘‘the gallant troops of 2 Brigade
    Nigerian Army conducted a successful operation
    today 23 Jun 17 and rescued one chief Malachy
    of Idu, Uruan Local Government Area of Akwa
    Ibom State.
    ‘‘The Chief was kidnapped by a 5 man gang of
    criminals at his compound at Idu, Uruan.
    The troops, after a shootout with the hoodlums
    succeeded in arresting one of the suspected
    kidnappers, who has gunshot wound.
    ‘‘Both the victim and the suspected kidnapper
    are presently receiving medical attention at the
    University of Uyo Teaching Hospital’’.
    Capt Umar also maintained that, several
    dangerous items were recovered from the
    hoodlums some of which are; one pump action
    rifle, four locally made pistols, two cutlasses,
    three mobile phones, three pump action rifle
    cartridges, four ATM cards, an envelope
    containing some documents and one Nissan
    Primera Salon Car.
    Commander 2 Brigade Nigerian Army, Brigadier-
    General Abdu Ibrahim Hassan has assured that,
    there would be no hiding place for criminal
    elements in the state, and urged the residents to
    expose criminal perpetrators in their midst.

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