Abia bizman, US returnee robbed of N200,000, $15,000, other belongings in Umuahia
Umuahia based business man and the Traditional Prime Minister of Ibeku acient kingdom, Uche Akwukuegbu, popularly known as BAWAS, has recounted his ordeal in the hands of hoodlums terrorizing residents of the capital city.
Akwukuegbu said he and his US returnee son were robbed of N20,000 and $15,000 costly phones and wristwatch in a broad daylight.
The sad incident, according to him, happened around noon at Mission Hill, Umuahia, while he was returning from Owerri Airport where he had gone to pick his son.
He said, a tricycle had dangerously overtaken him shortly after the Army checkpoint at Umuokpara, where he, nearly ran into a bush. I stopped to know what it was all about and people trooped out from the bush and started beating me.
“Nothing happened to the driver of the Keke. However, i wanted to see if there was a need to assist him.
“I did not know that the driver was used as a trap to get me. It was all stage-managed. They started beating me and asked me to bring money and wanted to snatch my car key from me.
“When i sensed they were up to something sinister, i zoomed off to the Area Command to complain. But they came after me on bikes and blocked me at the Mission Hill side of Umuahia and robbed me of the N200,000, my son’s luggage containing $15,000, a phone worth several thousands of dollars and his Movedo wristwatch also worth thousands of dollars.
“I escaped death with my two sons in the car. They injured my son and beat me like a common criminal at Mission Hill, opposite Okigwe Park, Umuahia and people were looking on.
“After robbing me, they ran away and that was when people knew they were criminals”.
Akwukuegbu said he later ran to the Area Command, Umuahia, where he reported the incident, adding that some of the suspects were later arrested.
Akwukuegbu called for more presence of security agents on the road to help checkmate the activities of criminals in the state.
The Abia State Police Public Relations Officer, Geoffery Ogbonna confirmed the incident, noting that three of the suspects were already in police net. He said that investigations into the unfortunate incident had begun, vowing that criminals will not be allowed to have breeding ground in any part of the state