The kidnappers got more than they bargained for.

They must have thought their plan was a huge success as the ramsom was exchanging hands but the police had other ideas.

The syndicate had on July 18, 2017, in Osisioma Ngwa abducted a man identified as Onyemaechi Mbamaonyeukwu Ijeoma, the Managing Director of Mba Hotels Aba in his ash colour Nissan Infinity SUV with Reg. No. GWA 807 DH and held him hostage in an uncompleted building at Umuajuju Ovungwu, Isiala Ngwa South LGA while negotiating for a ransom.

Acting on a tip off, the detectives swooped in on the hoodlums’ den where the gang opened fire on sighting them.

During a shootout, two of the kidnappers later identified as Nwadibia and Monday were gunned down while others escaped with bullet wounds. The victim was rescued unhurt and one of the detectives sustained injuries.

Items recovered include the victim’s SUV,  two motorcycles, and four GSM phones.