STANLEY UZOARU recalls that it was like a Hollywood movie scene in Imo State when 6 armed gang stormed the Owerri High Court and rescued one of its leaders, Henry Chibueze popularly known as “Vampire”.
Vampire is believed to be a deadly kidnap suspect terrorizing the state , Nigeria and even some West African countries.
The Imo state born ‘terror’ personified was on July,26 20015 arrested by the state Department for State Security(DSS) while on a trail of High court judge along Onitsha/Owerri road. Vampire it was actually gathered laid siege for his prey at a hotel along the road. Unfortunately for him he was being trailed by the DSS and they finally caught up with him in his hotel room with one of his girlfriends.
He was lucky to escape with a bullet wound through a window of the storey building he jumped out from. His girlfriend was not that lucky as she was shot and arrested by the DSS.
Vampire retired to a rural area in the state where he sought the assistance of his native doctor for treatment of his bullet wound. Once again the brilliant efforts of the DSS overpowered his smartness as he was arrested alongside his native doctor.
He has confessed to high profiled kidnap and brutal killings in and outside the state. One of such is the killing and burying of a traditional ruler from the state in a shallow grave.
Now that he has escaped, so many people are afraid that he may continue his nefarious activities or better still seek his pound of flesh on those he perceived as his enemy. Already some of the security operatives who captured Vampire and who confided in the Authority said that their lives may be in danger as the deadly criminal may come after them. Some legal professionals are not left out as they all kneel down in fervent prayers.
Last week, a former aide to former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme and former media aide to ex-governor Theodore Orji of Abia state was brutally kidnapped and murdered in Owerri, the state capital in the similar manner Vampire operates which have left so many people alleging that the serial killer may not be totally exonerated from the crime.
Even though the police in the state has denied raiding the prison and discovering over 200 phones as alleged, the Federal prison authorities should endeavor to purge some of its men of this questionable allegations lamented a concern citizen from the state.
The visit of the Comptroller General to the state few days after the incident has been welcomed by many pundits, but they expressed worry if the comptroller could have the courage to expose his men if any are found wanting.
They believe the comptroller must have answers to some question being asked by members of the public on the escape of Vampire, such questions like : how did the gang knew Vampire would be arraigned in court that day if truly his visitors were screened and phone calls not allowed in the prison. Time shall tell!