From Okey Sampson, Aba
One of the rescued victims of the Easter Monday’s kidnap incident in Aba, Abia State has been reported dead.
He was said to have died in a private hospital in the city where he was receiving treatment from gun shot wounds.
Gunmen, on Monday evening, abducted two men they had trailed from Azikiwe Road to a spot between Pound Road and St. Michael’s Road/Adazi and shot sporadically to scare people as they made for escape with their victims.
However, on getting to the Good Morning Market area of the city, the hoodlums were engaged in a shootout by security men which led to the arrest of one of the criminals and recovery of vehicles and some other items including AK 47 rifle.
A security source told Daily Sun that during the gun battle, one of the kidnap victims who was still in the SUV they were abducted in, was hit by bullet and after the operation, was rushed to a private hospital on Azikiwe Road where doctors on duty battled to save his life.
The source said the man whose identity could not be ascertained, died Tuesday evening, less than 24 hours after he was rushed to the hospital, as a result of the injuries he sustained.
However, the other victim said to be the major target of the kidnappers, reportedly went home unhurt and is said to have reunited with the family members.
When contacted, Abia Command Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Geoffrey Ogbonna said he was not aware of the man’s death.