Thursday, 11 April 2013
American Woman Kidnapped & Killed During Vacation In Abia State, Nigeria
American who married a native of Abia state was kidnapped and killed
in Onicha Ngwa, Obingwa LGA of the state.
Following the incident, soldiers were said to have stormed the area,
arrested some of those directly or indirectly involved in the
abduction and death of the woman and set buildings believed to belong
to the hoodlums and other criminals on fire.
KRS gathered that the woman who came to Nigeria on vacation, was
travelling in company with the children to see the husband's relatives
when on getting to a point in a community in Obingwa Local Government,
the vehicle they were riding in was attacked by hoodlums who killed
her driver and abducted her. The kidnappers took the woman to their
hideout from where they made a demand of N25 million ransom. Soldiers
were alerted to the incident and traced the hideout of the criminals
to Onicha Ngwa where they made some arrests including a woman simply
identified as Ejima and her boyfriend. Ejima's house was where the
white lady was allegedly brought every evening, blind-folded after
spending the day inside the bush.
When soldiers stormed the community, Ejima fled her home, leaving her
children behind. The children reportedly confirmed that the
kidnappers' victim was always brought to their house at evenings and
taken out in the morning hours.
Following the revelation, the manhunt for the fleeing Ejima was
intensified, leading to the arrest of her boyfriend whose name could
not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report. A source told
Daily Sun that Ejima's boyfriend was with the soldiers, when she
called from her hideout alerting him (boyfriend) to the danger ahead
and that he should meet her somewhere so that together they could
cross over to another country.
It was in the process of meeting with her boyfriend who she never knew
was arrested that she too was arrested by soldiers and brought back to
Aba. Ejima reportedly took the soldiers to their hideout where the
white lady was said to have been kept, but before they could get to
the place, their victim had died out of what was described as the
trauma she went through in the hands of her captors.
Irked by the development, soldiers were said to have returned to the
village, set Ejima's house and those of other suspected kidnappers on
fire as security had been beefed up in the community. A manhunt is
said to be mounted for other fleeing members of the gang believed to
be responsible for the pockets of kidnapping and child theft that are
gradually becoming the vogue again in the commercial city and its
Efforts made to reach the commander of 245 Battalion of the Nigeria
Army, Asa and the Army Public Relations Officer (APRO), 14 Brigade
failed, as they did not pick their calls.
However, an army officer who spoke under the cover of anonymity
confirmed the incident but could not give further details.