It was gathered that two suspected kidnappers, Celestine Emmanuel from Umuaka, Njaba Local Government Area of Imo state and Ibeawuchi Uzo, a native of Ohaozara, Ebonyi state who kidnapped a Catholic Priest, Reverend Father Philip Ojimmadu were gunned down during an exchange of fire with the anti kidnapping Unit of the Imo State Police Command.
The state Commissioner of Police, Austin Evbakhavbokun who disclosed this to newsmen in a press conference Tuesday narrated that the Catholic priest was allegedly kidnapped by the suspects along Odumara in Orodo, Mbaitoli Local Government Area of the state while driving his Nissan with registration number: APP 393 CP.
He was said to have subsequently taken to their den at Afor Umuaka where he was kept for a day.
The CP further disclosed that his men who were acting on a tip off swooped on two suspects ,Obinna Mba, 30 from Orodo, Mbaitoli area of the state and Uche Frank, 31 from Umueze, Ehime Mbano LGA in a hotel located at Abayi , Abia state while attempting to sell the Reverend Father’s car.
Upon interrogation he added, the suspects confessed and led the police to where the priest was kept at Afor Umuaka, Imo state.
But the suspects he stressed, opened fire on his men before they could get access to the premises, unfortunately, he added, the superior prowess of his men overpowered two of the kidnappers who later died on their way to the hospital, while other suspects in the hideout escaped.