This is a story of how a manager with the First Bank Plc in Port Harcourt escaped death by the whiskers following his abduction recently by three gunmen suspected to be hired assassins.
Small Talks gathered that the bank chief was driving to his office early morning of the fateful day, in his Toyota Camry car when he was stopped by the gunmen close to his residence along the East-West Road.
The gunmen who were alleged to be dressed in police uniforms, according to the gist, jumped into the car and shoved him to the back seat while one of them drove the car to an unknown destination.
According to the story, as they drove along major streets in the city, the gunmen battered and beat up the bank chief with their fists.
Small Talks also learnt that as soon as they got to Police check points, the gunmen stopped beating him and raised their hands in solidarity with policemen at the check points, waving and saluting them.
This hide and seek game continued, we were told, until they got to Slaughter in Trans-Amadi axis of the city and drove towards the waterfront along Peter Odili Road.
It was also gathered that as they were driving, they were equally asking the bank chief his names and the bank he was working in.
According to the gist, what saved the bank manager was that when they inquired about his names, he mentioned Ikwerre names whereas he hails from Imo State, and told them that he was working in another bank other than the First Bank.
When the abductors apparently realised that he was not the actual person they were sent to kill, they were said to have dispossessed him of N50,000 that was with him and his handsets.
As they drove to the waterfront along Peter Odili Road, the gunmen ordered him to jump out of the car and run for his dear life, and he obliged them, leaving behind his car.
It was also disclosed that as the bank chief was making good his escape, he approached some security men on the way and took them to the Spot where they dropped him.
According to the gist, on getting to the spot, they saw his abandoned car while the gunmen had disappeared into the thin air.
While tongues have continued to wag within the bank and among those who know the bank chief, there is consensus that he escaped being killed because he told the gunmen a lie concerning his names and place of work.