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2 aides killed, 3 policemen hospitalised as kidnappers abduct SAN in Rivers

In Port Harcourt, Rivers State, gunmen have murdered two aides and taken their boss, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, hostage.

Three police escorts belonging to the senior attorney were also shot by the captors.

According to information obtained, the cops who were injured in the incident to varying degrees have been admitted to a hospital.
According to a source with knowledge of the event, the kidnappers carried out the crime yesterday about 3 p.m. while wearing military camouflage.

The source claimed that the assailants had been pursuing the SAN and his entourage for some time before launching their attack near the Obiri-Ikwerre junction in the state’s Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.

The source said a personal aide and driver to the SAN were shot and killed in the incident and while the policemen escorting them only sustained injuries.

It said the kidnappers had shot at the tyre of the police van carrying the policemen, causing the driver of the van to lose control.
The source said the car summersaulted after the driver lost control, following the sudden deflation of the car tyre.

The source said: “This afternoon, kidnappers kidnapped a senior lawyer around Obiri-Ikwerre interchange. The criminals shot at a police van escorting the SAN.

“They killed the driver of the lawyer and another of his aide. They kidnapped the man and ran off. Three policemen that were with them in another van had accident because the criminals shot their tyre before going for their target.”

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the state Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, confirmed the kidnap.
She noted that no policemen died in the incident, as the hoodlums killed aides to the kidnap victim.

Iringe-Koko said the police escort sustained injuries and have been hospitalized.

She said the Commissioner of Police in the state has made adequate police mobilisation to ensure the unconditional release of the kidnapped victim.

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