ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – A clergyman whose identity is yet to be known has been reportedly kidnapped at Nnobi Roundabout in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The priest who was driving Lexus FX 300 with plate number Anambra GDD 882 PW, was said to be heading towards the Awka-Etiti direction when the hoodlums stormed the place.
Eyewitnesses said that the victim had stopped his car at the Nnobi Junction to buy some fruits when his cellular phone rang.
According to the eyewitness, he was still answering the call and looking around for the caller when he was double-crossed by another car whose occupants were fully armed.
Forcefully, the assailants bundled the man into their jeep leaving the victim’s car on the road before driving off.
The incident occurred Monday night, 25 April, 2023, at 8:35 pm.
It was gathered that the incident disrupted the evening market and street trading along the road as the hoodlums shot sporadically into the air.
As at Tuesday morning, the car was still standing on the road facing the Awka-Etiti axis of the notorious Nnobi Junction.
But later the same Tuesday morning, the vehicle was driven off by security operatives believed to be policemen from the State Police command.
Though no death was recorded, but many people, including pregnant women, nursing mothers among others, were said to have sustained various degrees of injury as they ran helter-skelter in different directions for safety as the hoodlums began to shoot.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Anambra State Police Command, Ikenga Tochukwu said there was no report of the incident before him at press time, but promised to spread the information.
“Thank you for this information, but there is no report like that before me. I will escalate this information to our operatives in the area,” the PPRO said.
Meanwhile, Nnobi Junction had become notorious for abductions, armed robbery, killings among other vices since 2021 when the IPOB declared Monday as sit-at-home day in the SouthgEast region of Nigeria.