BY CHIDI NKWOPARA
Owerri — The prevailing peace in Oguta was badly shattered on Sunday, following the shooting of two mobile policemen and abduction of a prominent son of the community, Mr. Emeka Aseme, by suspected kidnappers.
Vanguard investigations revealed that the hoodlums, who wore military uniform, stormed the Niger Plaza Hotel, where Aseme was supervising over his business, between 8 and 9 pm on Sunday.
It was also gathered that the gangsters, numbering about six, arrived the place in a Toyota Hilux vehicle via the Uli-Egbuoma-Oguta road.
A prominent Oguta son, who spoke on the condition of anonymity told Vanguard that the kidnappers quickly shot the two policemen, before shooting Mr. Aseme on his foot and whisking him away to an unknown destination.
“On arrival, the kidnappers quickly shot the two policemen. They later shot Aseme on his foot before whisking him away to an unknown destination,” the prominent villager recounted with grief.
Aseme retired from the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, and built the hotel, which he now superintends.
He furher said that members of the vigilante group who were around when the incident happened could not do much because the kidnappers were dressed in military attire.
“Naturally, the military uniform initially confused the vigilante operatives but when it dawned on them that the town had been invaded by kidnappers, they quickly raised alarm.”
As at the time of going to press, the hoodlums were yet to make any contact or demand from the immediate family of Aseme, an act that is making Oguta people suspect that the hoodlums may be assassins.
Efforts made by Vanguard to get reactions from the police failed as the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Vitalis Onugu, a deputy superintendent of police, did not pick or return the calls put across to him.