Nemesis caught up with a group of hoodlums yesterday at Ekpan, near Warri in Delta State following an aborted move to snatch a car from its owner, just as three girls were kidnapped in the same area.
Investigation revealed that the victim, a young lady whose name could not be ascertained was driving along the busy Jakpa Road at about 8:am when a group of armed youths forcefully entered her KIA SUV and confronted her at gunpoint.
The lady, who was visibly shaken said she was forced into the middle of the back seat while one of the robbers started driving the car. “As we were going along the road, the driver noticed that an Army vehicle was trailing us and he decided to veer off the road and the two back tyres punctured and they subsequently escaped,” explained the victim in tears.
Addressing newsmen on the issue, an Army Captain, Suleiman Bayawo, expressed worries over the frequent robbery in the area and called on all and sundry to join hands with the military to curb the excesses of hoodlums terrorising the Ekpan community.
“We are surprised that each time robbery takes place in Ekpan, the bandits run into a section of this community (pointing to an open place) and once they enter there you can’t find them again,” said Captain Bayawo. According to him, the inhabitants were not cooperating with security operatives because they knew them, adding “we will ensure that criminality is totally wiped out in this area.”
Similarly, three young girls were yesterday kidnapped by hoodlums when they were coming from Church along the Expressway in Ekpan. The victims who are nine years and two years old girls and a house maid are children of a contractor with Chevron Oil Company in Warri. Sources said the kidnappers picked up the three girls in their vehicle and ordered their mother and another lady in the vehicle to run away for their lives.
Meanwhile, security operatives are on the trail of the hoodlums to get their victims released.