A Police officer attached to the Aba Area Command Anti-Robbery Squad, identified as Anyanime Udobat has reportedly died during a shootout with kidnappers in Abia State.
The incident happened in a village at Aro Ngwa Community in Osisioma Local Government Area of the State.
While information about the death of the officer, who has been noted for his gallantry in the anti-kidnapping unit of the Aba Area Command, remained sketchy, the kidnapper whose name was yet to ascertain was also killed during the crossfire.
The deceased, an indigene of Akwa Ibom State, was the driver of his squad that went after a notorious kidnapper at the Osisioma axis of the commercial city after a tip off has it that their target was at home.
While a version has it that the police officer was shot on the neck while he tried to peep through the window of the house they had surrounded, another version said that he was shot by the kidnapper while he was trying to gain entrance into the house with other members of the squad to effect the arrest of the suspect.
A source, who said that he saw the deceased police officer on Tuesday night when they carried out the operation, described the deceased as a fine police officer who was loved by people in and around the police barracks.
The source stated that the members of the Udobat’s squad fought hard to keep him alive but lost their colleague because he lost excess blood.
It was also gathered that Udobat, who is survived of his wife and four children, recently dedicated his new born baby before his untimely demise.
The Police Public Relations Officer for Abia State Command could not be reached for comments on the incident.