22nd January, 2023
No less than six people, including a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), were abducted on Saturday at the Ikem community in the Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State.
According to Emeka Odoh, an eyewitness, the gunmen besieged Ikem-Isioroto along the Obollo Afor-Nkalagu road and drove the villagers into the bush.
Odoh stated that he was returning from Enugu to work with other committee members to find ways to strengthen local security in advance of the upcoming general elections.
This, he said, was to ensure that people exercise their right to vote in peace.
“As we drove out of the meeting venue, we found four gunmen on the main road brandishing guns. I was driving and instinctively reversed the car and behold, there was another set of four gunmen behind us.
“The gunmen opened fire on us, shattering all the windscreens and the four tyres, but I drove through the hail of bullets with flat tyres to safety.
“One of us was badly hit by the bullets and was immediately rushed to Enugu where eight bullets were extracted from his body by surgeons. He is still recuperating at the hospital’s intensive care unit,” Odoh narrated.
According to reports, the gunmen have yet to contact family members and demand a ransom.
Meanwhile, the police have yet to issue a statement regarding the attack.