Five persons were reportedly kidnapped on Saturday night by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen close to Aguleri community, Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The victims, who are said to hail from Aguleri, where the state governor, Willie Obiano also comes from were abducted while returning from a wedding ceremony in Awka, the state capital,
One, Chidi, who escaped abduction narrated his experience in an audio clip which is being circulated on social media.
“I escaped. My Aguleri brothers were captured by them. I don’t know if they were killed or not. Four men and one lady from Aguleri were taken away. There were shootings in the area but I escaped.”
The Anambra State Police Command spokesman, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, Tochukwu Ikenga confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with DAILY POST.
Ikenga said that of the five kidnapped persons, two were rescued by police operatives led by the District Police Officer of Otuocha division, while the identity of the kidnappers was yet to be ascertained.
“It was a kidnap incident and it happened at night. Five persons were kidnapped but the operatives led by the DPO Otuocha quickly moved into action and rescued two persons. They are still in manhunt to rescue the other three. We are yet to identify those people that kidnapped them.
“The abducted persons are five in number. Four men and a lady. The lady and one of the men was, however, rescued, while three male victims are still in captivity,” he said.