Five people were abducted while returning from a traditional wedding ceremony in Anambra state.
In a statement released on Tuesday, April 19, Toochukwu Ikenga, a police public relations officer in Anambra, confirmed the event.
The guests were kidnapped on Monday, April 18, according to Ikenga, who added that security personnel have initiated a rescue mission to ensure the victims’ safe return to their families.
A source said that the five abductees were men, The Cable reports.
“The guests were kidnapped at gunpoint at about 10pm on the Akpo-Nkpologwu road in Aguata LGA of Anambra,” the source said.
“About 15 of the guests were returning to the hotel from Achina, venue of the wedding ceremony, in a convoy of three vehicles when they ran into the abductors. 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 kidnappers have yet to make contact with the victims’ families, according to the source.
The development comes amid a recent surge of attacks in Anambra.
The attack on a police checkpoint in Aguata LGA, which resulted in three officers being injured, is one of the most recent events documented.
Four officers were killed hours before the attack on the police checkpoint when gunmen stormed the Atani police station in the state’s Ogbaru LGA.