Two young men have been arrested in Ebonyi State for allegedly snatching a Lexus 330 car with registration number ENU 277 MM.
The suspects allegedly snatched the car at gunpoint at Aguogboriga Estate, Abakaliki, our correspondent gathered.
Police authorities gave the names of the suspects as Ugo Ogbonna from Amachi and Joseph Emeka from Iboko, all in Izzi local government area of the state.
The state police public relations officer, Mr Chris Anyanwu, said the duo allegedly beat and tied their victim at his residence before driving the car away.
Anyanwu said the suspects were later intercepted by soldiers at a checkpoint at the Ukwuakpu axis of Abakaliki Ogoja expressway.
According to him, the duo escaped into the bush upon interception, but were arrested through the assistance of the villagers.
The statement read, “On August 6, the duo waylaid one Paul Kelechi, a 26-year old man, residing at No 3 Ominyi Street, Aguogboriga, Abakaliki.
“As Kelechi drove into his compound, the hoodlums, armed with two short guns, beat and tied him up, after which they zoomed off with his LEXUS ES 330 saloon car with Reg No. ENU 772 MM.
“As soon as the information got to the police command, all tactical teams and divisions within the metro were alerted and the suspects were tracked and pursued up to Ukwuakpu village in Izzi.
“In Izzi, they were eventually stopped by soldiers within All Saints’ Catholic Church, Ukwuakpu.
“The hoodlums took to their heels and scampered into the bush. The villagers who heard exchange of gunshots, observed the situation, aided the police and soldiers in combing the bushes.
“Luckily, the duo: Ugo Ogbonna, 27, an indigene of Amachi Izzi, residing at Okpodo in Awka, Anambra, and Joseph Emeka 30, native of Iboko Izzi, Ebonyi State, but residing at Mbuk, Ogoja, Cross River, were arrested.”
They would be charged to court upon conclusion of the investigation, he said.