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Herdsmen kidnap Enugu Auditor; Demand N5m Ransom


By Ignatius Okpara, Enugu

Heavily armed men alleged to be Fulani herdsmen have kidnapped an auditor with the Enugu State Government, along the Nsukka-Adani express road.

AFRICAN EXAMINER gathered that the abductors have demanded N5 Million ransom from the family for his release.
It was learnt that the victim, Ogbobe Stephen, who hails from Ukpabi Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani Council area of Enugu state, had gone home in company of six others for a town hall meeting in the community.

The Auditor was abducted on his way back to Nsukka after the meeting last weekend.

His abductor, reportedly flagged down the car conveying the six men, ordered them to lie face down, tied some of the captives’ hands and legs, before dragging him into the bush.

Wife of the victim, Mrs. Ogbobe, who disclosed this to newsmen Monday said she was informed of the kidnap of her husband by one of the people that travelled to the village with him.
She however, confirmed the N5 million demand as ransom for his release by the kidnappers.

The Woman said that the family was yet to report the incident to the police for fear that such may infuriate the abductors and jeopardize the well-being of the victim.

Our Correspondent also gathered that a combined team of policemen had combed the forest without any fruitful result.

Reacting to the development, Chairman,Uzo-Uwani, Transition Committee, Mr. Cornell Onwubuya, who condemned the act, hinted that the council pays about 30 vigilantes to assist police beef up security along the road but regretted that the intervention had done little to check criminal activities in the area

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