Imo Police Inspector Kidnapped And Killed By Gunmen


Gunmen have reportedly killed an Inspector of police after he was kidnapped from his home at About Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State.

The murdered inspector, Austin Ukegbu, was kidnapped at his village at Umuoshike Ogbor in the Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of the state when he went home to celebrate the Easter festival with his family, a source said.

According to the source who pleaded not to be mentioned the inspector of the Special Weapons and Tactics Department was kidnapped from his house and later found dead in a bush along Mbutu in the Aboh Mbaise LGA.

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He said: “Inspector Augustine Ukegbu who was serving at Orji police divisional headquarters went home to celebrate the Easter with his family at Aboh Mbaise. Around 11pm on April 8, some gunmen riding in a Lexus jeep came and kidnapped him from his house in the village.

“The abduction was reported at Oke Ovoro police Division. The Jeep he was kidnapped with was later found abandoned long the Mbutu Road in Aboh Mbaise. Police men visited the scene and the surrounding bush was searched and the inspector’s corpse was found.”

The source said that some police operatives evacuated the inspector’s corpse to a mortuary in the area while the Lexus jeep has been recovered by the police.

One of his colleagues claimed they saw the slain inspector in Owerri the day he was travelling to the village.

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” I saw Inspector Augustine in Owerri and he told me he was travelling to celebrate the Easter. He was serving at Orji police division. He was an operative of SWAT( Special Weapons and Tactics) Department. I am saddened by his death.

Confirming the incident to newsmen, Imo Police spokesman, Henry Okoye, said: “It is true. We are currently investigating to fish out culprits and bring them to justice. We are on their trail.”


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