BY CHIDI NKWOPARA
OWERRI— Armed hoodlums have continued to ravage Imo State with impunity despite spirited efforts of the Rochas Okorocha administration to combat the scourge of kidnapping, armed robbery and other serious crimes.

Mrs. Nneka Chibeneme-Agwu, the 27-year-old daughter of retired Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Nze Chibeneme Uzoukwu, is the latest victim of the armed gangsters.

An eye witness account said Nze Chibeneme was driving to his Umuoduwa, Ejemekwuru, Oguta local council area country home when the criminals struck.

Vanguard learnt that about a few metres to his home, a bus overtook his car and two armed men wearing police vests alighted from it and ordered the hapless man out of his Toyota Camry car.

“Suddenly, the bus with two other occupants drove off, while the other men descended on Nze Chibeneme and beat their victim to stupor,” a villager recounted.

It was further gathered that the noise generated by the melee at the gate of family house attracted the man’s daughter and on seeing his father lying flat on the ground, she quickly raised alarm.

The village said: “Nneka shouted for help as she saw the men trying to squeeze her father into the booth of the Camry. Irked by her shouts, the hoodlums pumped several bullets into her. She died on the spot,”

The criminals abandoned the Camry car in a village at Ogbaku when they realized that their victim had escaped from the booth.

Vanguard recalls that the retired Permanent Secretary’s wife, a school headmistress, was kidnapped earlier and only released three days after the abduction.

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