Yet to be identified assailants, on Sunday, December 17, attacked the pregnant wife of the Chairman of the Ebonyi chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Leonard Nkah and thereafter, kidnapped her and later dumped her in a bush.
Information has it that the unknown gunmen, who were up to five in number invaded the home of the Chairman over the weekend and thoroughly searched the house and carted away some valuables including some undisclosed amount of money.
It was further gathered that the robbers stormed the home of the chairman at Mile 50 Abakaliki ahead of the planned reception to honour Governor David Umahi today, Monday, December 18.
Leonard Nkah informed DAILY POST from Abakaliki the incident and confirmed all what happened. Nkah observed that he was not around when the robbers struck.
The NLC chairman stated: “I was called by my wife around 9pm that robbers came to our house and demanded for my whereabouts. They said they got information that there was money that was brought in and that they needed the money.
“They forced her to lie down despite the fact that she was pregnant. They ransacked the house and took whatever they could find but they were disappointed that there was no such huge amount of money in my house.”
Nkah regretted that the unknown gunmen physically assaulted and kidnapped his wife and afterwards dumped her in a bush.
“They assaulted my househelp who opened the door when they came in, they also assaulted my wife and later abducted her. They beat her up while forcing her to lie down with her pregnancy which was difficult for her. They took her to other residents in the area where they also robbed before dumping her in the bush”
“I thank God I wasn’t there, if I was there, maybe it may have been a different story. They had information that I had huge sum of money. I was gathering resources to organise this reception for the Governor today, maybe some people told them I have money”.
The NLC chairman advised the police to tighten security in Ebonyi during the Christmas to forestall the activities of the criminals.
In a related development, a journalist, Mr Moses Erogu of Ebonyi State Broadcasting Corporation, EBBC, had his house buggled on Sunday morning by unknown criminals.
Mr Erogu, who is the Government House Abakaliki Correspondent of EBBC said the incident happened while his entire family were in Church.
“I took my family to 6am mass and from there I went to work. Later my wife called me to come home and when I got there I saw that they broke into the house and ransacked the house, took away some valuables including a phone belonging to my sister and some cash in the house”.
Mr Erogu, whose building is located behind the state House of Assembly at Nkaliki lamented the increasing rate of criminal activities in the area and called on the police to do more to secure the area.
When contacted, the Police public relations officer, PPRO, Ebonyi state police command, Loveth Odah could not be reached for comments at the time of filling this report.
Also, the Special Assistant to Governor David Umahi on Internal security, Dr Kenneth Ugbala confirmed the incident to our reporter.