Akwa Ibom State Police command has stormed a kidnappers’ den in Mbiaso Group of Nsit Ibom native Authorities Space and exhumed the corpse of a kidnapped sufferer, one Onyeka Ezewulu buried in a shallow grave.
The police additionally killed three kidnappers who engaged them in a gun battle.
It was gathered that the deceased, Onyeka Ezewulu, from Okija, Anambra State, was shot by the hoodlums after making an attempt to run away after they (kidnappers) stormed his residence alongside Idoro street, Uyo, Akwa Ibom state to kidnap him.
It was additional gathered that the sufferer, who just lately returned from China was whisked away within the kidnappers’ Toyota Camry automobile however died a day after within the den after shedding a lot blood from the bullets wounds.
The abductors after understanding absolutely nicely that their sufferer had died went forward to gather N2M as ransom from his household.
The police, nonetheless, disclosed that the abductors’ hideout and shallow grave had been found following detailed investigation led by one CSP Julian Igbodu.
The tactical workforce, it was gathered was accompanied by two pathologists from the police and the College of Uyo Educating Hospital who performed an post-mortem on the deceased physique earlier than the corpse was handed over to the members of the family for burial.
In the meantime, a feminine member of the gang recognized as Deborah Sunday, who assisted the police to find their hideout, instructed newsmen that three different gang members had on March 5, 2021, ambushed and kidnapped Ezewulu alongside Idoro street.
She defined that when her gang members ambushed Ezewulu, he tried to run away, however they shot him in the precise leg, bundled him into their Toyota Camry automobile and introduced him to the hideout.
She confessed that she acquired her personal share of the sum of N2 million naira ransom they’d succeeded in receiving from their sufferer’s household.
A brother to the deceased, who recognized himself as Patrick, disclosed that the China-based businessman who offers in unique containers and garments was truly coming to test on his household residing alongside Idoro street Uyo and his enterprise retailers within the state, when the unlucky incident occurred, saying that they didn’t know he was already lifeless whereas the abductors had been negotiating with them (members of the family) for ransom for his launch.
His phrases, “Unknown to us, the hoodlums had already killed Onyeka, earlier than we paid them the sum of N2million on March 10, 2021, as ransom for them to launch him. That’s the reason after the cost was made to them we waited days to see him regain his freedom, however all to no avail.
“We didn’t know he truly died a day after he was kidnapped, that’s 4 days earlier than we paid the ransom for his launch. That is unhappy.”
Addressing newsmen after the physique of deceased was exhumed, the Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko MacDon l, who lauded the tactical workforce, described the incident as unlucky and regrettable.
He appealed to members of the general public to all the time present helpful info on prison actions inside their domains.
Info had it that the identical kidnap gang was answerable for abduction of 1 Barr Ime Sampson on December 31, 2020 on the Mbierebe junction by the third Ring street resulting in the Godswill Akpabio Worldwide Stadium, Uyo.
Investigation revealed that Sampson, nonetheless, regained his freedom after the household had paid the sum of N2.6million as ransom after 8 days of incarceration.