Reports has it that little Ngozi was at about 8.30 am, in company with her elder sister, Oluebube, going to their school at Umuka/Lumen Christ Catholic School, Ekearo in Osisioma Ngwa Local Government Area, when the gang struck.
Sources stated that after trekking some distance from their home, the gunmen who operated in a Volkswagen Gulf car, whisked Ngozi away to an unknown destination, leaving her elder sister shouting for help. Before people in the neighbourhood could come around to help them, the hoodlums had fled with their victim.
Meanwhile, a 42-year-old man, described as Ugochukwu of Uba Obasi Street in the World Bank Housing Estate was kidnapped at about 9pm on Sunday.
Ugochukwu, according to a source had after church service, gone to the Ngwa Road axis of the commercial city to see his father-in-law, who was sick and on his way home stopped at a spot opposite Fr. Tansi Catholic Church in the World Bank Housing Estate, to buy suya.
Hardly had the man bought the suya than three armed men emerged from nowhere and kidnapped him. He was whisked away to an unknown destination in the gunmen’s car.
The police in Abayi were said to have recovered the victim’s Tuoreg SUV with registration number Abuja: DS 994 ABJ which was abandoned at the scene.
It was not established at the time of filing this report, if the gangs had contacted the family of their victims and made demand for ransom. In a related incident, policemen from the area command, Aba have foiled a kidnap attempt on one Pastor Godswill Akandu in Aba.
Akandu, said to be the senior pastor of God’s Host Liberation Church, Aba was reported to be on his way to his in-laws residence at Nwaoguegbe Avenue in the Ndiegoro area of the city, with his family on Sunday when three armed men operating in a tricycle double-crossed his car, shot into the air before forcing the pastor inside the boot of the car and drove away, leaving the family behind.