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Gunmen kidnap, kill police inspector in Imo

Gunmen have killed a police officer in Imo State, south-east Nigeria.

The victim, Augustine Ukegbu, was killed at his community, Umuoshike Ogbor, in Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of the state.

Mr Ukegbu, an inspector, was said to have travelled home for the Easter celebration, but was abducted on Saturday from his house on arrival.

Sources from the community told this newspaper that the police officer was later found dead in a bush in the council area.

“What happened was that he was kidnapped around 11 p.m. last Saturday. After the family reported the matter to Oke Ovoro Police Station, we began aggressive combing of a bush along Mbutu Road and we finally found the inspector’s body,” a police officer, who asked not to be named, told this newspaper, Wednesday morning.

He said the slain officer was serving at Orji Police Divisional Headquarters in the state before the unfortunate incident.

A Lexus SUV vehicle believed to have been used to abduct the slain officer has been recovered by the officers who found the inspector’s corpse.

When contacted on Wednesday, the police spokesperson in Imo State, Henry Okoye, confirmed the killing of the police inspector.

Mr Okoye, an assistant superintendent of police, said the police in the state were investigating the killing of the officer.

“The commissioner of police (in the state) has ordered a manhunt to fish out the assailants and bring them to justice,” he said.


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