Gunmen Abduct 11 Council Workers In Abia, Ask For N25m Ransom


Yet to be identified gunmen have kidnapped no fewer than11 workers of Umunneochi council in Abia State.

VANTAGE NEWS learnt that the council workers were abducted by unknown gunmen at Leru, a boundary town between Abia and Imo states along the Enugu – Port Harcourt expressway by 5 pm as they were returning from the traditional marriage ceremony of their colleagues.

The 11 workers were travelling in a bus when the kidnappers struck. Some of the workers escaped while the kidnappers took others into the bush, Vanguard quoted sources to have said.

The paper quoted the State President of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Comrade Ikechi Nwaigwe, to have confirmed the incident, disclosing that it has been reported to the Umunneochi Police Division and commended the Chairman of Umunneochi council, Ifeanyi Madu, for his efforts.

He said; “Information reaching the NULGE office reveals that some members of our staff from Umunneochi LGA were kidnapped yesterday about 5 pm on their way back from traditional marriage of their colleague and taken into the bush along Enugu/Port Harcourt expressway within Imo/Abia state boundary in Leru town. Up to this moment, they are still in the custody of the kidnappers.”

Nwaigwe, however, disclosed that the kidnappers have demanded a N50 million ransom and later reduced it to N25 million and urged members of the union to pray for the safe release of the abducted workers.

“We urge all our members to pray for God’s intervention for their release. There’s nothing God cannot do. With prayers all things are possible to them that believe in God.”

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