Police probe kidnap, murder of Customs Comptroller

The Imo State Police Command has commenced investigation into the circumstances that led to the kidnap and eventual murder of an Assistant Comptroller of Customs, Mr. Mishak Ugwoha.
Investigations revealed that the slain Ugwoha visited his Umuduruji, Umuchoko, Amaigbo, country home in Nwangele local council area of Imo State, to supervise his on-going building project.
It was also gathered that a set of armed hoodlums stormed the project site and immediately wanted to abduct the customs officer but he resisted.
A villager, who spoke on grounds of anonymity, said the slain Ugwoha was at the building site with four of his relations when the hoodlums struck.

He said: “The customs boss put up stiff resistance and in an attempt to show that they were not joking, fired at the man at close range. The bullets missed the customs officer by whiskers and hit the abdomen of a member of the gang.”
The hoodlums, however, succeeded in bundling Ugwoha and their dying colleague into their waiting vehicle.
The aggrieved villagers later found the bullet-riddled remains of the customs boss where it was dumped along Amaigbo-Umundugba road.
Meanwhile, the aggrieved kinsmen of Ugwoha have reportedly burnt the family homes of two natives said to be connected with the abduction and murder of Ugwoha.
Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mrs. Joy Elemoko, confirmed the incident, adding that some people have been arrested.
“Some people are already in our custody in connection with the sad incident. Preliminary investigation showed that the suspects are closely related to the slain customs officer and will soon be paraded by the Commissioner of Police,” the PPRO said.

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