Gunmen abduct 6 pilgrims in Enugu

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Gunmen abduct 6 pilgrims in Enugu

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From Magnus Eze, Enugu

No fewer than six pilgrims were, last Sunday, abducted near a Monastery at Ibite Awhum community in Udi Government Area of Enugu State, when some gunmen suspected to be Fulani the town.

Daily Sun learnt that the kidnappers seized the pilgrims in broad daylight, as they were praying at a popular hill close to the Monastery and took them deep into the forest.

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However, sources from the community yesterday disclosed that help came the way of the victims, following joint operation of forest from Udi and Enugu Local Government Councils.

It was gathered that the incident escalated after a pilgrim, who witnessed the incident, but managed to the marauders, the that drew the attention of villagers.

The incident had reportedly thrown the inmates of the Monastery and the nearby into panic, prompting them to alert forest guards and other security agencies in the area.

A source close to the Director of Enugu State Forest Guards, Mathew Obodoechi, said his men in the area pursued the kidnappers and their counterparts at Ogbeke Nike, Enugu Local Government, who also mobilised from their own end.

The kidnappers were said to have fled and abandoned the captives in their camp, when it dawned on them that they would be hemmed in. The six captives were later by the guards along with a victim from another incident.

Narrating their , the victims, who were to the Monastery, said they were praying on the hill when they were suddenly surrounded by seven men adorning police uniform and suspected to be Fulani.

They said the took all their phones and them into the forest.

They said that after a long trek they got to the bandits’ camp deep in the forest, where their colleagues, numbering about 10, were for them. They also found another victim there.

They further explained that, for reasons they did not know then, the kidnappers suddenly became panicky and, subsequently, ran into the forest, leaving them alone and before the forest guards appeared.

Our forest guards’ source disclosed that the state government had been notified about the incident.

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