By Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Two suspected kidnappers were gunned down by members of the Akpor OSPAC Vigilante group in Ogbogoro community of Obio-Akpor Local Government area of Rivers State while they were attempting to abduct one Constance Osikadina business woman.
Eyewitnesses said the suspected kidnappers were killed during a gun battle with the OSPAC Vigilante operatives at Rumukwachi community of Ogbogoro.
Speaking on attempt to abduct her, the businesswoman said, “I was in my shop around 7pm, we were about to close for the day’s business. Not quite long I heard a gunshot. Immediately I looked behind me, I saw two armed men masked. The ordered me to enter a getaway car. I just sat on the floor immediately.
“They started hitting me. We were there for about 30 minutes until I heard somebody shouting from afar. And one was about shooting me and another said ‘don’t shoot Master said we should bring her alive’.
“Immediately they heard that voice, one of them said come…come they’re coming.They jumped into their car and fled”.
The husband of the businesswoman also narrated how OSPAC was alerted about attempt to kidnap his wife and how it was foiled.
“Their gunshots created awareness and luckily their vehicle developed fault barely 200meters away from the kidnap scene and they were pushing it. This gave us ample time to make calls. That was how OSPAC gunned two, (by the special grace of God), one was arrested and one escaped. I use this opportunity to appreciate OSPAC. They tried yesterday”.
The Vice Chairman of Akpor OSPAC, David Amadi, said: “the OSPAC was alerted and they had contact their unit in Ogbogoro who intercepted them. And at exchange of gunfire, two who were fatally wounded were handed over to the Police. We recovered one G3 rifle handed it over to the Police along with the vehicle. Some of them escaped.”
The Rivers Police Command was yet to react to failed kidnap incident at time of filing this report.