There was tension in Uzo-Uwani local government area of Enugu state, following the abduction of an Enugu state auditor during the weekend by Fulani herdsmen along Nsukka-Adani express road.
This is just as the suspected cattle rustlers demanded N5 million as ransom for his release, Vanguard Newspaper reports.
The auditor, Ogbobe Stephen, an indigene of Ukpabi Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani LGA, had gone home in company of six others for a town hall meeting of the community, only to be kidnapped by herdsmen on his way back to Nsukka after the meeting.
It was gathered that the herdsmen around 4pm blocked the busy Nsukka- Adani road at Ukpabi junction, waiting for unsuspecting victims to abduct.
The abductors, it was learnt, flagged down the car conveying the six men and then ordered them to lay face down.
The raiders also tied the hands and legs of three out of the six victims for about 45 minutes before untying two and then dragging the victims into the bush.
Confirming the kidnap, the victim’s wife, Mrs Ogbobe told the media house that on Sunday night, the kidnappers demanded N5 million as ransom for his freedom.
This led to the entire family resignation to prayers and fasting as the cash could not be provided.
The family members’ fasting and prayers paid off as the kidnappers dropped the ransom to N1.5m on Monday but still the ransom is on the high side for the family.
In spite of the council’s payment to 30 vigilantes to assist the police beef up security along the road, the kidnappers still strike at intervals.