Gunmen in military uniform kill two, abduct Rivers politician

13:07 Apr 18 2023 Rivers State

kidnappers, on Monday, shot the driver and an aide of a yet-to-be-identified politician dead during an attempt to kidnap the politician at the Obiri-Kwere axis of the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the politician’s driver was conveying him and his aide to a destination in the state when the kidnappers laid siege to his vehicle around Obiri-Kwere.

During the operation, the kidnappers shot the driver and the yet-to-be-identified aide to death, and thereafter, whisked the politician away.

The suspects were said to be fleeing with the politician in captivity when policemen, while attempting to intercept them, engaged them in an exchange of gunfire
An eyewitness, who does not want his name mentioned for security reasons, said during the gun battle, the driver conveying the policemen in a police van lost control of the vehicle and it somersaulted.

“After they shot the policemen and demobilised them, the kidnappers fled the scene with the victim,” the eyewitness said.

Another eyewitness said the kidnappers were dressed in military uniform, adding that they started shooting at the police van as it advanced towards their direction.
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