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Suspected herdsmen abduct 8-year-old daughter of vigilante chairman in Enugu community



Suspected herdsmen abduct 8-year-old daughter of vigilante chairman in Enugu community

Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have kidnapped an 8-year-old woman in Agu-Amede neighborhood, Isi-Uzo Native Authorities Space of Enugu State. 


The sufferer is alleged to be the daughter of the Chairman, Agu-Amede neighborhood Neighbourhood Watch Group, Mr Sunday Olinya popularly generally known as ‘Sunday Sharia Driver’


It was gathered that the gunmen numbering about seven stormed Olinya’s home with AK-47 rifles on Sunday, November 21 however he managed to escape.



They kidnapped his daughter, Nmesoma, after allegedly ransacking the home and stealing some valuables.


Sources advised PUNCH that the assault appeared linked with the insistence of Agu-Amede neighborhood, the place Olinya is the chairman, that herdsmen mustn’t come to destroy farm crops of their neighborhood three weeks in the past after over 50 hectares of rice farms that had been virtually prepared for harvest had been destroyed by cows.


Orinya, who confirmed the assault and the kidnapping of his daughter on Monday, mentioned that he had reported the incident to the police and a few officers had visited his home twice.


“I used to be sleeping round 1 am on Sunday morning and I heard a bang on the door. I used to be sleeping in the lounge so instantly I awakened. I heard the second bang I stood up and requested who’s that? However I acquired no response,” he narrated. 



“I went near one of many home windows and regarded exterior, I noticed two herdsmen with AK-47 rifles positioned to shoot. I rushed to the again door, I equally noticed two herdsmen positioned with their AK-47. All of the lights in the home had been off however the safety lights had been on and my spouse and kids had been nonetheless sleeping of their rooms.


“They usually (herders) had positioned themselves round my home. So, the one possibility obtainable since there was no community to name for help was to discover a technique to escape. Fortunately for me, there’s one window in the home that had no housebreaking proof and I needed to escape from there.


“Instantly, they observed that I had escaped they began taking pictures indiscriminately in my place however I used to be unharmed. Nonetheless, in different to not entice a lot consideration, they rushed, broke one of many home windows and went inside the home. They ransacked in every single place, collected some valuables together with cash and my spouse’s telephone and kidnapped my eight-year-old daughter who was sleeping.

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“My spouse advised me that they regarded for her as she overheard them asking my daughter the place is her mom. Based on her, once they heard the taking pictures she and my son awakened and went and hid inside one of many rooms however my daughter was nonetheless sleeping in her room.”


Olinya, nevertheless, famous that his household have established contact with them by the spouse’s telephone and that they’re demanding N15 million ransom for her launch.


“They advised a member of the family who was in fixed contact with them that they got here to kill me and to not abduct my daughter, that I had unfinished enterprise with them.”


Requested what sort of unfinished enterprise he has with them, Olinya mentioned “I don’t know. What I do know is that my neighborhood requested them a couple of month in the past to not come to destroy our farm crops. This occurred after they destroyed with their cows about 50 hectares of rice farms in Akpouf Agu-Amede.



“So, throughout the incident, one of many homeowners of the cows mentioned that his boy was wounded and insisted that he have to be handled. Our neighborhood despatched N50,000 to the Alhaji for the therapy of the boy herder he claimed was injured. Our folks didn’t kill their cattle or their folks. The identical Alhaji had come to my home with different leaders on two events with big cash to permit them to graze their cattle in my neighborhood which had been turned down.”


Spokesperson of the command, Daniel Ndukwe, confirmed the abduction of the woman however mentioned that the attackers had been armed robbers.


“What we had is a case of alleged abduction of 1 8-year-old Nmesoma Olinya (f), on 21/11/2021 at about 3.48 am, by yet-to-be-identified armed hoodlums suspected to be armed robbers, who broke into their residence at Agu-Amede in Isi-Uzo LGA on the mentioned date and kidnapped her, whereas her mother and father escaped. In the meantime, full-scale manhunt of the assailants and rescue of the sufferer has since commenced.” he said.