Suspected armed Fulani men, apparently wearing police uniforms, last Sunday, stormed Ibite Awhum town, in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State and kidnapped six Christian pilgrims.
In the town, close to a monastery, Anaedoonline.ng discovered that the victims had been kidnapped.
A source claimed that the kidnappers grabbed the pilgrims in broad daylight as they were worshiping at a popular hill near the Monastery and took them far into the bush.
But according to reports that came out of the area on Tuesday, the victims had been saved as a result of the valiant efforts of forest guards from both the Udi and Enugu East Local Government Councils.
An alert was alleged to have been raised by a pilgrim who saw the occurrence but managed to escape the marauders.
The security guards are claimed to have started looking for the kidnappers as soon as they learned of the situation.
According to a source, the local forest guards tracked down the kidnappers and got in touch with their Ogbeke Nike, Enugu East Local Government, colleagues, who also mobilized on their own.
The kidnappers allegedly left after realizing they were being surrounded from all sides, leaving the captives in their camp alone where they were found by the guards together with a victim from a previous incident.
The victims, who were taken to the Monastery after being rescued, described their horror, saying that while they were praying on the hill, they were suddenly encircled by seven people who appeared to be Fulani and were dressed in police uniforms.
They said that the thieves grabbed all of their cell phones and told them to enter the forest.
They said that after an arduous journey, they arrived at the bandits’ camp located deep within the forest, where roughly 10 of their comrades were waiting for them.
There was another kidnapping victim discovered, too.
The victim claims that the kidnappers suddenly grew frightened for unknown reasons and fled into the forest, abandoning them there before the forest guards arrived.
The insider revealed that the event has been briefed to the State Government.
Police have not yet released a comment about the event.
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