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Two Suspected Kidnappers With AK-47 Remanded In Prison After Failed Attempt To Kidnap NNPC Staff In Rivers State
Two Suspected Kidnappers With AK-47 Remanded In Prison After Failed Attempt To Kidnap NNPC Staff In Rivers State

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A Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital on FridayJanuary 15, remanded two suspects apprehended over failed attempt to abduct a staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC identified as Tamuno Igbikiberesima.


Igbikiberebima, a legal practioner, had dispossessed the suspects, Godspower Saturday and David Simeon, of an AK47 after they came to abduct him at his residence in Rumuigbo, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state back in 17 December 2020.


Both suspects are currently facing a seven-count charge including armed robbery and attempted kidnap of six others.


Beauty Okere, the Chief Magistrate, after listening to the prosecution team and the defendants, refused to entertain the matter. Okere also directed that the case file be transferred to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).


She went on to adjourn the matter to 24th February pending outcome of DPP legal advice after informing parties that the court lacks.


Meanwhile, Barr. Igbikiberebima had recounted how he overpowered the suspects because he noticed the obvious unprofessional way they wielded the AK-47 rifle in their possession, while attempting to kidnap him.


According to him, after he noticed that the kidnappers were very much amateurs, he summoned encouraged to take them on, saying that in the scuffle that ensued, the hoodlums were subdued, and they immediately abandoned him and took to their heels before they were given a hot chase, and nabbed by neighbours and passersby.


“I was making a call in front of my gate on December 17, 2020, when a black Toyota Camry suddenly pulled over with two occupants, and they ordered me to enter the vehicle. One of them came out with an AK-47 rifle and ordered me to enter the back seat. When he asked me to enter, I said ‘why should I enter’? He said he would kill me. I begged him not to do that, and asked him what I had done,” he narrated.


“When I noticed how he was handling the gun, it appeared to me that he is not proficient in gun handling. I told myself that ‘ordinarily, one-on- one, this guy cannot beat me.’ That was the courage I had. When he faced the nozzle of the rifle down trying to cock the gun, I started struggling with him. In the process, both of us shot one bullet on the ground. When he saw a crowd coming, he left the rifle, and ran into the car, and they took off”, he stated.


“I then ran into my compound and brought out my Toyota Hilux, and some people outside my gate joined me to give them a hot chase. We overtook them at Apara Link Road, got them arrested, and handed them over to the police”, he explained.


He further stated that what gave him the courage to resist the hoodlums was because he thought that their intention was to kill him.


“I thought well, it is better for me to die in front of my gate so as to be more honourable, instead of following them to wherever they wanted to take me to.” he added.

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