Bandits block Enugu-Port Harcourt highway, allegedly burn Army van and abduct passengers
The Enugu-Port Harcourt highway was blocked between Leru junction and Ihube axis by kidnappers who are thought to be herders, and it is unknown how many people have been taken hostage.
The entire crew of three buses was kidnapped by the about 30 heavily armed gunmen.
According to reports, the highly armed bandits ambushed a group of soldiers who were dispatched to the area in response to a distress call.
After allegedly setting the military van on fire and injuring two troops, they are said to have herded the passengers of three buses they had kidnapped into the nearby bush.
A youth leader in Umunneochi confirmed the occurrence and claimed that the situation had increased concern in the neighborhood.
According to him, the bandits blocked the highway while it was raining, which led to traffic jams that extended to the Leru junction because commuters confused the bandits for police officers stationed at the roadblock.
He claimed that when the bandits opened fire on a military van that arrived to save the situation, some of the commuters who had alighted to determine the source of the bottleneck ran to their heels.
He claimed that some persons were shot as they sped away from their cars in search of safety.
Eze Chikamnayo, the Secretary of the Umunneochi Security Committee and Commissioner for Information for the Abia state, who was just installed by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, also confirmed the occurrence.
The expressway between Ihube and Umunneochi is where it happened. There has been a significant decrease in these incidences in Umunneochi itself, but they have moved to the border between Umunneochi and Imo State.
But the Umunneochi Security Committee put in a lot of effort. We have boosted our vigilante force, established roadblocks, and may have deterred them.
The fact that they have moved further away from Umunneochi LGA and toward the express, in my opinion, is a success for us. They are precisely at Ihube, which marks the border between Abia and Imo.
On this news, the Nigerian Army has not yet made any remarks.
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