Many Injured as Hoodlums Abduct Priest in Nnobi

By Gloria Ibesi

Many people were feared injured as an unidentified man, said to be a clergyman, was reportedly abducted at Nnobi Roundabout in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Eyewitnesses said the man who was driving a Lexus FX 300, with number plate, Anambra GDD 882 PW, was heading towards the Awka-Etiti direction when the hoodlums stormed the place. It was gathered that the victim had stopped his car at the Nnobi Junction to buy some fruits when his cellular phone rang.

According to an eyewitness, he was still answering the call and looking around for the caller when he was blocked by another car whose occupants were armed to the teeth. The assailants forcefully bundled the man into their jeep, leaving the victim’s car still steaming on the road before driving off.

The incident which occurred on Tuesday, April 25, disrupted the evening market and street trading along the road as the hoodlums shot sporadically into the air.

Nnobi Junction has become notorious for abductions, armed robberies, killings, among other vices, since 2021 when the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, declared Mondays as ghost days, popularly known as sit-at-home days, in the South East, Nigeria. The priest’s car was seen parked on the road facing the Awka-Etiti axis of the notorious Nnobi Junction, at the scene of the incident.

The vehicle was later driven off, same Tuesday by security operatives believed to be policemen from the State Police Command. However, there were no casualties but many people, including pregnant women, nursing mothers, among others, were said to have sustained various degrees of injury as they ran helter-skelter to safety when the hoodlums began shooting.

When contacted, as at press time, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Anambra State Police Command, Ikenga Tochukwu, said there was no report of the incident before him, adding that he would 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.

Source: News Express