One shot dead as suspected kidnappers miss target in Catholic Church in Imo




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ORLU, State – Tragedy struck on Wednesday morning at Akata in Oru-East Local Government Area State, following invasion Orlu Catholic Church by suspected kidnappers which resulted one Mr Obiezu, an indigene area, according News Express.

victim, Mr Obiezu, was a younger brother State Accountant , Valentine Obiezu.

suspected kidnappers, according reports, were after Chief Valentine Ibenye, a philanthropist and an illustrious son of Okporo community in Orlu LGA.

News Express further gathered the kidnappers, after a failed attempt to whisk away the moneybag, ran into their victim, Mr. Obiezu, and shot him dead.

Chief Valentine Ibenye narrated his ordeal, said the bandits traced him to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Okporo where he honoured a friend’s invitation for his father’s memorial service and of the church harvest.

“I drove alongside my sister’s but when I made for the church gate and rode to the car park, I noticed some boys on motorcycles entering the gate.

“Suddenly, four motorcycles came towards the car park instead of the space designated for motorbikes.

“One of them jumped down and pointed a gun at me and ordered me to quietly follow them or they would shoot at me.

“It was then I realised they were kidnappers. I tried to attract attention but one came to my rescue.

“When I refused to follow them, they pounced on me, tore my clothes and hit the gun repeatedly on my head.

“They made away with my phones, wrist watch, necklace and cash of N1,150,000 and eight hundred and fifty dollars ($850). After much beating, I managed to enter the church’s auditorium and they followed me for than an hour. It was when they noticed the police had been alerted they ran away,” he narrated.

Further reports said that the Accountant ’s brother was driving in a Toyota hilux car, collided with the kidnappers on the road shot him dead. (News Express)