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Gunmen attack cement truck, allegedly kill two

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… As Police arrest 2 over kidnap of Greenfield varsity students***

Gunmen attacked a truck belonging to a popular cement company at Ugbolu village, near Asaba, on Wednesday allegedly killing the driver and his conductor.

Eyewitnesses told newsmen in Asaba that the attackers, armed with dangerous weapons also set the truck ablaze.

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Mr John Okafor, a commercial driver told the newsmen that the attackers blocked the road and ordered the truck driver to alight from the vehicle.

“They used logs of wood to block the road and searched every vehicle plying the route, saying they were enforcing orders of the proscribed Independent Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).

“When the cement truck got to the spot, they stopped it, dragged the driver and his boy out and beat them up.

“After I left the scene, I heard that the attackers killed the driver and his conductor.

I didn’t ply the route again out of fear,’’ Okafor said.

Another eyewitness, Mr Tony Emezuaka, a commercial motorcyclist told newsmen that the attackers set the truck on fire after killing the driver and his boy.

Emezuaka, who said he witnessed the incident, confirmed that the truck loaded with bags of cement was razed before the attackers fled the scene.

When contacted, the spokesperson of the Police in Delta, DSP Bright Edafe, confirmed the attack.

He said contrary to the number of fatalities, however, only one person was killed.

In the meantime, the Police on Wednesday confirmed the arrest of two suspects over the kidnap of Greenfield University students in Kaduna State.

Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said this during a media briefing in Abuja.

He said the suspects had confessed to the mindless murder of five of the victims before payment of ransom and eventual release of others.

Adejobi said the two suspects had also admitted to working with a kidnap kingpin to abduct and murder two police officers and one vigilante in 2021.

He said the suspects were arrested by operatives of the Force Intelligence Bureau Special Tactical Squad (FIB-STS) in March after being on trial over the kidnap of Bethel Baptist School students in 2021.

Adejobi said the police had also arrested five alleged trans-border syndicates over kidnapping operations between Adamawa in Nigeria and Burha, Fituha and Kesu in Cameroun.

He said the suspects specialize in targeting wealthy individuals who possess beautiful houses or cars.

Adejobi said the suspects had confessed to the kidnap and multiple rapes of a newly wedded woman in Borno who was released upon receipt of a N1 million ransom.

According to him, they were apprehended by operatives of the FIB-STS after collecting N2 million ransom from one Alhaji Moni on May 11.

Adejobi said the suspects were the 31 arrested in connection with major violent crimes of kidnapping, culpable homicide, rape and unlawful possession of firearms.

He said their arrest followed the directive of the Inspector-General of Police (IG-P), Mr Usman Baba, to clamp down on perpetrators of crimes and criminality, as well as cutting off their supply of arms.

Adejobi said 61 firearms, including 41 AK rifles, eight Type 06 rifles, four Light Assault Rifles (LAR), four pump action guns, two locally-made firearms, one G3 rifle and one Dane gun were recovered from them.

He said 376 rounds of live ammunition of different calibres and N2 million cash were also recovered from the suspects during police investigations.


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