Six female paasengers kidnapped, raped by suspected herdsmen in Enugu

By AdvocateNews on 17/06/2019

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Six female passengers of a commuter bus were reportedly raped in turns as rampaging hoodlums suspected to be Fulani herdsmen attacked a commuter bus at Ugbawka in Nkanu East local government area of Enugu State at the weekend.

The bandits reportedly blocked the popular Science School end of the Agbani-Ugbawka highway, shot at the bus, deflating the tyre and held all passengers to ransom at gun point.

It was learnt that after robbing, raping and disposessing passengers of their valuables the miscreants jumped into the bush dragging some of the girls with them.

Reacting to the incident, the Nkanu Youth Council, a socio-political organization condemned the attack accusing Herdsmen of being responsible.

The group warned that if nothing was done fast to curtail the nefarious activities of herders in the area, they would mobilize for a reprisal.

In a press statement in Enugu weekend, Acting National President Nkanu Youth Council Comrade Monday Diamond Ani called on all Political leaders in Nkanu land to act fast before it is too late.

“Security of our people should be the paramount obligation of our Leaders.

"We should not keep quiet for the sake of politics of National Coexistence and allow our people to be  intimidated, maimed and killed like animals in their own land.

“We call on the state and local government to take this as a matter of urgency. These herdsmen should give us a breathing space in our land, and nothing should happen to our sisters in their custody.

“Our traditional rulers, Town Union Presidents and village heads including youth organization should not allow these demons to take over our land.

“They should leave our land or we mobilize ourselves for reprisal attack.”

Others who signed the statement include Acting National Secretary Comrade Chidera Peters as well as Acting Director of Security Emmanuel Ebuka Chukwu

Reacting, Enugu state command of the Nigeria police said it has commenced a full scale investigations into the incident.

The Police  could not confirm if the attack was perpetrated by herdsmen  as they are yet to be apprehended.  

Enugu Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Ebere Amaraizu in a statement said that operatives of the Operation Puff Adder acting on the directives of the commissioner of police Sulaiman Balarabe promptly raced to the scene and embarked on aggressive combing of the bush which forced hoodlums to abandon their victims without paying any ransom.

Amaraizu said no injury was sustained by victims who he noted have already re united with their families.

Posted 17/06/2019 09:10:51 AM


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