BY FRANCIS IGATA
ENUGU—The Enugu State Police Command has vowed to rescue Stephen Ogbobe, who hails from Ukpabi, Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, abducted along Nsukka-Adani expressway, by suspected Fulani herdsmen last Saturday.
The kidnappers are demanding a ransom of N5 million for his release.
Palpable tension had engulfed natives and residents of communities living along the Nsukka-Adani expressway in the council area, where dare-devil Fulani herdsmen have turned the area into a breeding ground even though the area boasts of a Senator representing the entire Enugu-North senatorial district.
The victim, had gone to his home town, in Ukpabi, in company of six others for a town hall meeting of the community, only to be kidnapped by herdsmen on his way back to Nsukka after the meeting.
Investigations revealed that the herdsmen around 4pm blocked the busy Nsukka- Adani road at Ukpabi junction, waiting for unsuspecting victims to abduct. Reports showed that the kidnappers flagged down the car conveying the six men, ordered them to lie face down, tied three out of the six, hands and legs for about 45 minutes, before untying two and then dragged the victims into the bush.
Vanguard gathered that the police and local vigilante group have been patrolling the road at intervals but the herdsmen defied the security network along the road to abduct unsuspecting victims without arrest nor molestation.
When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO,nEbere Amaraizu,nrevealed that police has gotten credible intelligence on the suspects geared towards arresting them.
“We are on their trail and I can assure you that very soon, we shall apprehend them.”