ByÂ UdumaÂ KALU
Kidnappers yesterday struck at Aba, the commercial nerve centre of the South East in Abia state, and made away with two expatriates working at Dana Company, an Indian outfit.
Also, yesterday, the new Abia State Police Commissioner, Jonathan Johnson, former Police Commissioner in Charge of Lagos Airport Command who Edgar Tam Nanakumo, then Abia CP, resumed duties yesterday.
The transfer is coming months after the Abia State House of Assembly passed a motion asking the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to redeploy the heads of the security agencies in the state for failing to arrest the increasing spate of armed robbery and kidnapping in spite of the heavy investment by the state government.
Unconfirmed sources said the shoot out in Aba was all day, and that some policemen who resisted them were also killed in the fracas.
The kidnappers were said to have arrived the Factory Road branchÂ UBA bank but in order to rob it.
The robbers were said to have arrived in two jeeps, and were firing everywhere, up to Ogbor Hill area of the city, scaring people.
But when they saw the expatriates arriving the gates of the company which was close to the UBA, the hoodlums turned at them, and kidnapped them.
The shoot out is coming two days after the killing of two policemen in the same city by hoodlums.Â But yesterday shooting is coming at a time Guinness closed its factory in the city, alluding to insecurity.Â In fact, the source had said that the Indians had wanted to close down the Dana company in Aba but were prevailed by the Nigerian officials, saying that with the kidnap, the officials would close down the place.
He went on to say an assistant commissioner of police is yet to disclose that anyone died during the shoot out, adding that the kidnappers are yet to contact the company officials.