Nigeria: “Former Imo Traditional Rulers Council Chairman Abducted by Gunmen in Disturbing Incident”
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
In a distressing incident on Saturday morning, unidentified gunmen abducted the immediate past chairman of the Imo state traditional rulers council, His Royal Majesty, HRH Eze Samuel Agunwa Ohiri. The kidnapping occurred at the front gate of Ohiri’s compound in Orodo, Mbaitoli Council Area of Imo state, around 08:30 am.
According to an eyewitness, Ohiri, accompanied by his brother, Solomon Ohiri, a United States-based businessman, decided to embark on a festive season visit to friends. Upon their return to Ohiri’s compound, they parked their vehicle, engaged in a final discussion, and were suddenly confronted by a Highlander vehicle filled with gunmen.
The assailants, armed and masked, ambushed the duo, firing shots indiscriminately. They forcibly abducted both Ohiri and his brother, subsequently driving away towards the Njaba to Orlu road. While the initial eyewitness account mentioned the kidnapping of Solomon Ohiri, another observer claimed that he managed to resist and escape from the kidnappers.
As of the time of reporting, the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Henry Okoye, had not responded to inquiries regarding the incident.
This disturbing development adds to the rising cases of insecurity in the region, raising concerns about the safety of individuals, even those holding prominent positions within the community. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing challenges faced by security forces in addressing and curbing criminal activities in the area.
In other news, recent events include a boat capsizing in the River Niger, resulting in five casualties and the rescue of 30 individuals. Additionally, police have arrested two pastors in Ogun and Osun states for alleged defilement, and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) intercepted a consignment of Colorado from the USA.
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