From Magnus Eze, Enugu
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.
The incident had reportedly thrown the inmates of the Monastery and the nearby villages 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 contacted their counterparts at Ogbeke Nike, Enugu East 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 discovered by the guards along with a victim from another incident.
Narrating their ordeal, the victims, who were evacuated 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 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 confused before the forest guards appeared.
Our forest guards’ source disclosed that the state government had been notified about the incident.