BENIN CITY – A Chief Corp Assistant in the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), ACP Alex Ugiagbe has been killed in a gun battle with kidnappers who attempted to abduct the bursar of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) at his private residence in Benin City.
The incident occurred at Ogheghe community, Off Sapele road in the state capital, yesterday morning.
It was learnt that though the gallant officer later died of bullet wounds, his sporadic firing prevented the kidnappers from succeeding as they swiftly retreated with varying degrees of injuries.
A dependable source hinted our crime reported that the gunmen met stiff resistance provided in synergy with other NSCDC personnel and civilian security men in the bursar’s residence.
Though, many suspect the foiled operation to be that of kidnapping, others however did not rule out possibility of assassination attempt.
They appealed to relevant security agencies in the state to beef up security round the bursar and his family as efforts are being intensified to tracking the perpetrators.
In a telephone chat with the spokesman, Edo Police Command SP Kontong Bello said he was yet to be briefed on the incident.
“I have not be fully briefed of the incident”. SP Kontong stated.
Contacted, the Public Relations Offer, NSCDC, Edo State Command, Mr. Ogbebor Efosa confirmed the incident.
“They escaped with bullet injuries, investigation is ongoing, we will get them”. The PRO assured.
He further stated that the corpse of the deceased has been evacuated and deposited at the Central hospital morgue, Benin City.
The Uniben bursar, Mr. Victor Imagbe could not be reached for comment.