Unknown gunmen attacked the residence of one of the community leaders in Eziowelle, Idemili North Local government area, Anambra state on Tuesday, August 23, and abducted the 67-year-old owner of the house, Anthony Ojemba Chigbo, ANAMBRA PEOPLE reports.
The wife of the victim, Francisca, has narrated how the gunmen attacked their residence.
“On Tuesday morning by 5:30 am, two of our dogs started barking. I stood up to use the restroom and when I was done, I looked through the window. I saw some group of people entering the compound from the fence. I woke my husband up to inform him that we have guests,” Francisca said.
“They were about twenty people. I thought they were armed robbers. When my husband woke up, I told him to go and hide and he went to hide in my children’s room. They started knocking at the door of the parlor, shouting everybody in this house should come out. But we all kept quiet and we started hearing gunshots.
“They went to the kitchen window, started shooting at the door of the kitchen and they succeeded in entering from the garage to the parlor. When they came in, they saw a phone with my son and they shot him on the leg and seized it. My son started crying, ‘why would you shoot me. What did I do?’ They continued beating him.
“I had to lie down on top of him begging that they should kill me first before they kill my son. At this stage, my husband came out from his hiding place and asked the gun men who they wanted, they said they were looking for Ojemba and my husband said, ‘I am Ojemba, please leave my family.
“They now descended on him, chained his two hands and dragged him to the ground while beating him mercilessly. After that, they forced him out of the compound and drove away with a white Hilux they came with to an unknown place with all our telephones and many other valuables.
”Since then, we have been going round all police stations to report and search for him without success. We are suspecting that the armed men must have been hired by some traditional leaders in our community, Oddida Umuoniya village, Eziowelle, Idemili North LGA in Anambra, who have been fighting my husband over our land. Few weeks back, they stormed our house with gun-wielding policemen from Zone 13, Ukpo, harassed and arrested him only to release him later.
“The same gang that attacked us also invaded the home of our youth leader same night but he narrowly escaped death.
“I am appealing to the Governor of Anambra State and the Inspector-General of Police and all security agencies to urgently intervene and help locate my husband, dead or alive. He has not committed any crime and his abductors subjected all of us to serious torturing and beating before disappearing with him. We don’t know the state of his health or where they have taken him to, as we speak,” she lamented.