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Abducted UNIZIK engineer found dead

Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka community was on Monday thrown into mourning when the news of the death of a member of staff of the institution broke.

Engr. Emeka Chiaghana was abducted three months ago from his home in Nibo, Awka South Local Government Area of the state. His remains were reportedly found in a shallow grave in Mbaukwu, Awka North Local Government Area of the state.

Chiaghana was abducted by unknown gunmen in front of his house on the night of October 25, 2019 after he went to drop off a friend that came visiting.

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His wife, who allegedly watched from the upstairs as her husband was forced into a car and taken away, alerted the police, which went on the prowl for the abductors.

Information has it that one of the suspects arrested last December in connection with the kidnap had led the police to the location of the grave after confessing to the crime.

A source said: “The boy confessed immediately he was shot in the leg. He later took the police to the location where they buried the man.”

The police had during a fierce gun battle, arrested three persons over the abduction in Agulu, Aniocha Local Government Area of the state.

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A statement by the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Haruna Mohammed, said that two of the suspects who escaped with bullet wounds during the gun encounter were declared wanted by the police.

He listed the exhibits recovered from the suspects to include, 20 rounds of 7,62mm ammunition, 8 life cartridges, 1 AK 47 rifle, 2 locally made pistols, 8 life cartridges, 2 expended life cartridges, 7 assorted phones, 1 Toyota Camry car used in committing the crime and a laptop belonging to the victim.

News Express reports that members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), UNIZIK chapter, had two weeks ago staged a protest to the State Government House over the whereabouts of their abducted colleague.

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