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In Enugu, suspected herders kidnap an 8-year-old girl and demand N15 million in ransom.


 

Mr. Sunday Olinya, widely known as 'Sunday Sharia Driver,' the Chairman of the Agu-Amede community Neighbourhood Watch Group, was reportedly kidnapped by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen.

The Agu-Amede community is located in Enugu State's Isi-Uzo Local Government Area and has a border with Benue State. Several herdsmen attacks had occurred in the neighborhood, including a series of kidnappings for ransom that had gone unnoticed.

According to reports, the newest incident occurred on Sunday morning when a group of roughly seven herders invaded Olinya's house with AK-47 weapons to attack him, but he managed to flee. After allegedly ransacking the residence and stealing some items, they kidnapped his daughter, Nmesoma.

Sources told our correspondent that the incident appeared to be linked to the village of Agu-insistence Amede's that herdsmen not come to destroy farm crops in their community three weeks earlier after cows destroyed over 50 hectares of rice farms that were almost ready for harvest.

In a phone chat with our correspondent on Monday, Orinya confirmed the attack and the kidnapping of his daughter, saying that he had reported the event to the police and that detectives had visited his home twice.

Narrating the incident, he said “I was sleeping around 1 am on Sunday morning and I heard a bang on the door. I was sleeping in the living room so immediately I woke up. I heard the second bang I stood up and asked who is that? But I got no response".

"I went close to one of the windows and looked outside, I saw two herdsmen with AK-47 rifles positioned to shoot. I rushed to the back door, I equally saw two herdsmen positioned with their AK-47. All the lights in the house were off but the security lights were on and my wife and children were still sleeping in their rooms", he continued.

“And they (herders) had positioned themselves around my house. So, the only option available since there was no network to call for assistance was to find a way to escape. Luckily for me, there is one window in the house that had no burglary proof and I had to escape from there.”

He added, “immediately, they noticed that I had escaped they started shooting indiscriminately in my position but I was unhurt. However, in other not to attract much attention, they rushed, broke one of the windows, and went inside the house. They ransacked everywhere, collected some valuables including money and my wife’s phone, and kidnapped my eight-year-old daughter who was sleeping.

“My wife told me that they looked for her as she overheard them asking my daughter where is her mother. According to her, when they heard the shooting she and my son woke up and went and hide inside one of the rooms but my daughter was still sleeping in her room.”

Olinya, however, noted that his family has established contact with them through the wife’s phone and that they are demanding N15 million ransom for her release.

He said, “They told a family member who was in constant contact with them that they came to killing me and not to abduct my daughter, that I had unfinished business with them.”

Asked what kind of unfinished business does he has with them, Olinya said “I don’t know. What I know is that my community asked them about a month ago not to come to destroy our farm crops. This happened after they destroyed with their cows about 50 hectares of rice farms in Akpouf Agu-Amede.


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