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Saturday, 27 August 2016

ENUGU MASSACRE: How Fulani Herdsmen Robbed Us, Kidnapped My Wife— Husband

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ENUGU MASSACRE: How Fulani Herdsmen Robbed Us, Kidnapped My Wife— Husband


A female post-primary school teacher was over the weekend abducted along the lonely Nsukka/Adani highway in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu state while returning from the annual August meeting of the Christian Women Organisation (CWO) of the catholic faithful.

The secondary school teacher simply identified as Mrs. Enechi Chinyere was returning from the recent troubled Nimbo community by the Fulani herdsmen where, over 13 people were killed at their farmlands, when two unidentified gunmen on a self-made road block, accosted her and her husband and one other occupant of the Toyota Camry car, held them at gunpoint and demanded to be given the money she collected from the CWO annual meeting of Nimbo community.

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Her husband, Mr. Enechi Osmond, who gave an eyewitness account of the incident, stated that his wife had gone for the August meeting while he went for a different meeting in the community and both winded up the meetings and were returning in the company of one other colleague of his wife. Osmond narrated that “on reaching Nkpologwu/Obimo axis of the road, one man came unmasked, moved straight to my wife on steering, pulled a gun and demanded the money she collected from the CWO meeting.

“We were both confused while another one came out with a gun and shouted at us to bring the money or face instant death. They collected our handsets and the purse of my wife containing N30,000 and her colleague that had N20,000 cash on her. They dragged my wife along with them into the bush where she was held captive for three days demanding for ransom to be paid before she could be released.

“I stood at the spot with my wife’s colleague helpless and confused till some passers-by came to our rescue, raised alarm and immediately contacted the traditional rulers of Nimbo, Nkpologwu, and Akpugo Ezedike communities together with the transition committee chairman of Uzo-Uwani LGA, Col. Onwubuya, who mobilised various community neighbourhood watch that gave the kidnappers no breathing space, entered the forest in their numbers the same hour and passed the night in the bush in search of my wife.” he said.

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Identifying the kidnappers as Fulani men, Osmond said: “The kidnappers did not mask up, their faces were of the Fulani, they speak Hausa language more than the pidgin English but I cannot say who they are,” he narrated.

Both the Area Commander, Nsukka police command, DPO Adani police division, dispatched men to various places within and around the community, while the parish priest of St. Mary's parish, Nimbo and the parish priest of St. Joseph Catholic church, Nsukka, swung into action, split into groups and pairs took up megaphones announcing the kidnap of the teacher.

The council chairman Col. Onwubuya pushed the fortified local vigilante group in the company of armed policemen to make sure the woman was released without any ransom being paid. The kidnappers, however, released the woman in the early hours of Tuesday when the pressure was much mounted in search of the teacher.

The Area Commander Nsukka, when contacted, said that no ransom was paid to release the school teacher abducted last Saturday evening around 6pm. 

READ: FULANI MENACE IN BIAFRA LAND:THE DEADLY SILENCE OF THE NIGERIAN MEDIA IS OVERWHELMING

It is very disheartening that after the mayhem unleashed on the various communities of Nimbo, Nsukka/Adani and Uzo-Uwani of Enugu state, the security situation in the area is still porous that the Fulani herdsmen are still allowed to remain in the area when it is known that all their presence portends is state of insecurity for the communities.

We are therefore calling the community leaders of these towns and villages to do everything possible to ensure the safety of the members of their various communities especially the women who are always the victim of kidnaps and rape.

Reported By Chukwuemeka Chimerue and Oscar Ayogu
Published By IkeChukwu NwaOrisa
FOR BIAFRA WRITERS

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