A gang of kidnappers in Aba, Abia State didn’t know what hit them at the weekend when a truck driver reportedly blocked their escape route as they were fleeing with their kidnap victim, Mrs. Merit Ikechukwu.
Vanguard reports that Mrs. Ikechukwu was on her way to work when the kidnappers blocked her Toyota Highlander jeep near Stella Marris road, Catholic Church, Umueze road, Aba and kidnapped her.
Eyewitnesses said the kidnappers blind folded her and drove in her jeep through a bush path. Fortunately, residents of the area alerted soldiers who were on patrol, who quickly gave chase to the jeep.
An eye witness was quoted as saying:
“As the kidnappers escaped through the bush path on top speed, they came face to face with a truck driver, who had suspected the speeding Highlander jeep was stolen blocked the bush path and the villagers alerted soldiers, who moved in and joined in the chase”.
When the kidnappers realized that they were trapped by the truck and that soldiers were after them, they quickly abandoned their victim and disappeared into the bush. The soldiers were however able to apprehend one of the kidnappers identified as Prince. The vehicle was also recovered.
However, Prince denied being a member of the kidnap gang, claiming to have gone to the area to recover a debt.
But luck ran out on him when the victim, Mrs Ikechukwu, who had been rescued by the soldiers, identified him as the man who drove her jeep before she was blindfolded by the others.