Gunmen abduct travelers, kill one in Enugu state

Gunmen have abducted many travellers along Ugwogo-Neke Odenigbo Road in Enugu East Local Government Area of Enugu State on Friday, and killed one of the victims, when they(gunmen) opened fire on them.

Penpushing reports that the gunmen suspected to be kidnappers struck at about 7.30pm when the travelers, one of them identified as  Cyril Mbah, was said to be going home with his daughter in their vehicle when they ran into the hoodlums.

The gunmen were reported to have subsequently flagged down another vehicle and abducted a yet-to-be-ascertained number of travelers, while this was confirmed by a witness identified as Kingsley Odoh, adding that Mbah was shot dead by the bandits

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‘Chief Cyril Mbah from Neke Odenigbo-Nike was gunned down by suspected kidnappers along the Ugwogo/Isi-Uzo road, near Neke Odenigbo junction. Unfortunately, he (Mbah) couldn’t survive the gunshots but nothing happened to his daughter’, Odoh stated.

‘The kidnappers went further, fired and flattened the tyres of another vehicle approaching the scene and successfully whisked away the driver and other people on board. Till now, no one is certain where they are’, he added.

‘He (Mbah) was kept on a motorcycle and he was shouting, ‘I am dying’ (because he was uncomfortable) before Okenna used the vehicle which the kidnappers had flattened its tyres to carry the man and his daughter to the hospital’, he said.

Penpushing further reports that a youth leader in Ugwogo-Nike, also confirmed that Mbah was one person killed by the kidnappers, contrary to speculations that two were shot dead in the attack, adding that he gave up the ghost while being rushed to the hospital.

The Enugu State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe, when contacted confirmed the killing of the victim, explaining that manunt operation was underway to apprehend the suspected assailants.

Penpushing reports that Ndukwe, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, however, said the police command was not aware of the abduction of travellers during the attack, but gave assurance that the runaway gunmen would be apprehended

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