Unidentified gunmen, suspected to be kidnappers, on Friday, shot a yet-to-be-identified tricycle operator in the head in Aba.
Naija News reports that the incident occurred during the evening hours of Friday, at Park Road/George’s Street, in Aba. a commercial city of Abia.
A source who witnessed the incident said the victim was shot because he foiled an attempt by the gunmen from forcefully seizing a woman from his tricycle.
The eyewitness further said that the hoodlums had been trailing their target from a neighbouring town because they suspected that she had a substantial amount of money o her.
It was learnt that the hoodlums shot the tricycle operator after the lady’s lucky escape.
In his report, the eyewitness who requested anonymity said; “Everything happened so sudden. I was strolling to buy soap and suddenly I saw some young men inside a tricycle chasing another tricycle that sped past me.
“When I turned, I saw that the first tricycle was trying to run over a crossroad and suddenly a girl ran out of it and escaped.
“And all of a sudden, I heard a gunshot, which made everybody to scamper to safety.
“When I got closer to the spot, I saw the tricycle operator lying facedown on his tricycle. They shot him in the head.”
While confirming the report, the spokesman of the police command in the state, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, said that the information available to him showed that the victim was rushed to a hospital after the shooting; this according to him is “contrary to the rumour that he died and was moved to a mortuary.”
Ogbonna said that the command had already commenced investigation into the incident and gave the assurance that the hoodlums would be fished out and brought to book.
Source: Naija News