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Gunmen abduct wedding guests in Anambra

Five guests returning from a traditional wedding ceremony in Akpo–Nkpologwu road in Aguata Local Area of Anambra State were on Monday night abducted at gunpoint.…

Five guests returning from a traditional wedding ceremony in Akpo–Nkpologwu road in Aguata Local Area of Anambra State were on Monday night abducted at gunpoint.

A source said that the guests were kidnapped at about 10.00 p.m.

“The guests were kidnapped at gunpoint at about 10.00 p.m. on the Akpo – Nkpologwu road in Aguata Local Area of Anambra.”

“About 15 of the guest were returning to the hotel from Achina, venue of the marriage, in a convoy of three vehicles when they ran into the abductors, but only the first car was able to escape.

“The gunmen asked all the ladies to go and took five of the men away after shooting into the air,” the source said .

The source further added that the abductors were yet to make any contact with the victims’ families.

Confirming the incident, Police Public Relations Officer of the state Police Command, Toochukwu Ikenga, said they got the information from the Anambra state commissioner for special duty, Silvester Ezeokenwa, that five cousin of his friends were kidnapped when coming from wedding ceremony.

According to him, the commissioner said “following friends of my cousin, Sampson Okafor, Chidozie Eze, Franklin Osuuagu, Chijioke Uduba, Benedict Ozoagwu who visited for his traditional marriage yesterday were kidnapped at gunpoint at about 10pm last night in Udo Village, Akpo (Aguata LGA) along Akpo – Nkpologwu road about 300m to Akpo Junction. We are yet to establish any contact with the victims.”

Ikenga said that security personnel had launched a rescue operation to ensure that the victims were safely reunited with their families unhurt.