Police yesterday said they had rescued three victims abducted by gunmen, who attacked a commercial bus on Agbani Ugbawka Road in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Ebere Amaraizu, said that the police had commenced full-scale investigations into the incident.
He said: “Yet-to-be-identified hoodlums on June 14, on Agbani Ugbawka Road, struck at a commercial bus, loaded with passengers. They abducted three females after robbing the said bus, and then zoomed off into the bush.
“Operatives of the ‘Operation Puff Adder,’ acting on the directives of the Commissioner of Police, Sulaiman Balarabe, raced to the scene and embarked on aggressive combing of the bush. This forced the hoodlums to abandon their victims without payment of any money. The victims are now with their families.”
Meanwhile, indigenes of Nkanu East Local Government Area at the weekend, while raising the alarm over the attacked bus and abduction of the three females, insisted that the hoodlums were herdsmen.
Eyewitnesses explained that the bus was attacked and robbed by armed herdsmen. The herdsmen collected valuables from the passengers and then abducted the three girls, before running into the bush.
The Nkanu Youth Council worldwide condemned the attack and abduction.
The acting Director of Security, Nkanu Youth Council, Comrade Emmanuel Ebuka Chukwu, called on security agents to be proactive in tackling kidnapping.
He said: “For the past 48 hours, we have been shocked by an unimaginable incident that took place in the holy land of Ugbawka on June 14, 2019, about 5p.m. on Agbani-Ugbawka Road. We heard how herdsmen kidnapped, raped and robbed people in Yoruba states. Unknown to us, these monsters have crept into our peaceful Enugu State, not just that, but to our innocent community, Ugbawka.
“We want to alert our people to be vigilant at all time. Our vigilance groups should be reactivated in places where they are presently inactive. We can’t allow these people to continue to ruin and destroy our peace.”
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