Gunmen In Aba Kill Tricycle Operator For Rescuing Kidnap Target

Unknown armed bandits, suspected to be kidnappers, on Friday, shot a yet-to-be-identified tricycle operator in the head in Aba, the commercial hub of Abia.

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News Agency of Nigeria reports that the incident happened around 7 am at Park Road/George’s Street, Aba.

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SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, the spokesman of the police command in the state, confirmed the incident in an interview.

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Ognonna, however, said that the information available to him showed that the victim was rushed to a hospital after the shooting “contrary to the rumour that he died and was moved to a mortuary.”

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An eyewitness account said that the victim was shot because he allegedly foiled an attempt by the gunmen from forcefully seizing a woman from his tricycle.

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The eyewitness further said that the hoodlums were on the trail of the lady because they suspected that she had a substantial amount of money on her.

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It was learnt that the hoodlums shot the tricycle operator after the lady’s lucky escape.

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The eyewitness said: “Everything happened so sudden. I was strolling to buy soap and suddenly I saw some young men inside a tricycle chasing another tricycle that sped past me.

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“When I turned, I saw that the first tricycle was trying to run over a crossroad and suddenly a girl ran out of it and escaped.

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“And all of a sudden, I heard a gunshot, which made everybody to scamper to safety.

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“When I got closer to the spot, I saw the tricycle operator lying face down on his tricycle. They shot him in the head.”

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Ogbonna said that the command had commenced investigation into the incident and gave the assurance that the hoodlums would be fished out.

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