By Ugochukwu Alaribe
ABA—Operatives of the Abia State Police Command have reportedly shot dead a kidnapper and nabbed five suspected hoodlums, who allegedly burgled a building at Ogbor Hill as well as a betting outfit along Azikiwe Road in Aba.
It was learned that members of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Owerri-Nta Police Division, shot dead the yet-to-be identified kidnapper at the point of collecting ransom from the family of a kidnapped victim.
Police sources told Vanguard that the late kidnapper and members of his gang had negotiated a N500,000 ransom from the family of one Sebastine Azubuogu, who lives at Abayi, Aba, without knowing that SARS operatives had laid ambush for him.
The suspect engaged policemen in a gun battle, but was gunned down and later confirmed dead at a nearby hospital.
Items recovered from him are four live cartridges, while efforts are on top gear to arrest other members of the gang.
In a related development, the Command paraded Okenwa Ogbonna, Obioma Goodluck, Victor Abarue and Valentine Oko, who allegedly burgled the house of one Henry Okobi at Ehere in Ogbor Hill. Okobi was said to be away for the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Joseph Eke was said to have sneaked into the offices of Champion Pools along Azikiwe Road, hid himself in the toilet until workers left.
Parading the suspects, Commissioner of Police, Leye Oyebade, said after workers of the pools company had closed for the day, Eke broke into the main offices and allegedly made away with N1.6 million, a television set and other valuables.
Recovered from Ogbonna, Goodluck, Abarue and Oko are two desktop monitors, blackberry phone, two laptop chargers, a power generating set, Tecno phone, a printer, a modem, two computer keyboards, among others.
Nnenna, repackaging Lady
Among the suspects paraded was a lady, Nnenna Sunday, who was arrested for allegedly repackaging expired products and selling them to members of the public.
Nnenna, who resides at Ukaegbu Road, Ogbor Hill, Aba, specialises in using chemicals to erase the production numbers and expiry dates of food products like snacks, beef sausage and repackage same.
Items recovered from her include cartons of expired snacks, especially biscuits and sausage rolls, as well as chemicals and repackaged cartons of snacks ready for sale.
Oyebade, who warned the public to be cautious about the food products they consume, disclosed that the suspect had confessed to the crime, while efforts are on top gear to arrest other members of the syndicate.
He told Vanguard that the suspects would soon be arraigned in court.