In Lokpanta, a town in the Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State, Nigeria, gunmen who are thought to be kidnappers have kidnapped a few tourists. On Sunday, the incident took at about 5:30 p.m.
The victims, who were in a Toyota Corolla vehicle, were ambushed by the gunmen riding two motorbikes, PREMIUM TIMES has learned.
A witness, Emeka Nnuta, told PREMIUM TIMES that the shooters forced the victims into a nearby bush after forcing their motorbikes into the victims’ car.
They were all compelled to enter the bush. People in the vicinity claimed that was the method the gunmen had been used to kidnap their victims, he added.
Mr Nnuta, was travelling to Enugu State, and according to him, the attack happened near a military checkpoint in the community, but the soldiers on duty were not not rescue the victims.
The troops just arrived to the bush’s entrance, glanced around, and carried on directing traffic after the gunmen had pushed the civilians into it, according to Mr. Nnuta.
The victims were traveling to Enugu State when the event occurred, according to a second witness who requested anonymity.
She said that when the driver tried to flee quickly to dodge the attackers, the victims’ car slammed into a nearby bush.
The woman said that she was not sure how many people were in the car, but they were all pushed into the bushes.
“The car’s four doors were all open, indicating that there were at least four occupants inside. With their two motorbikes, the gunmen drove the victims into the wilderness, she said.
Geoffrey Ogbonna, the Abia State police spokesperson, denied knowing about the event when he was approached.