- The wife of Imo State Zoological Garden and Wild Life Park manager Nekede was reportedly abducted.
- Elizabeth Abioye was taken away by gunmen Men who broke into the First Baptist Church in Owerri where she had attended Sunday services
- Church members ran to safety as the criminals, who arrived in a Sienna vehicle , shots fired to scare people away
Owerri, Imo State – On Sunday erupted in Owerri, in the Imo state capital, panicked July 10 when gunmen reportedly stormed the First Baptist Church on Wetheral Road and kidnapped the wife of Imo State Zoological Garden and Wild Life Park director-general, Nekede.
< p class="align-left">The victim, Elizabeth Abioye, attended church service before being arrested by the gunmen rn was taken away.
A source told Vanguard:
“The gunmen arrived in an ash colored Siena vehicle , forced the woman into the vehicle and sped away.
“The situation caused chaos in the church as the faithful messed up the shelter.”
One of the Church officials who who spoke to The Punch on condition of anonymity said the kidnappers waited until the service was over before striking.
“They had someone in their car who identified the woman before they forced her into their vehicle. They shot at our church building. It was so horrific.”
The source disclosed that the victim’s husband was out of state and the matter was reported to the police.
Meanwhile, the state police spokesman, Micheal Abattam, has yet to respond to the incident.
Recently, insecurity in Imo State has increased to a In January, a former speaker of the Imo State Parliament, Lawman Duruji, was kidnapped.
According to the report, Duruji was kidnapped in Oriagu Ehime Mbano, local government area , on Saturday January 8th while returning from an event.
On Sunday January 9th, unidentified gunmen kidnapped a traditional ruler at the Y-junction in the Orlu District Imo State Government Area.
A source said the kidnapping occurred during a heavy downpour in the afternoon when the monarch was out with his young daughter.
No need for weapons, says Uzodimma
Meanwhile, the governor of the State, Hope Uzodimma, informed Imo residents that they are not required to carry weapons for self-defense
Uzodimma assured Imo State residents that the security situation is different as the State security agencies are up to the task.