Unknown Gunmen Kidnap A Nigerian Army Major-General In Imo State

Unknown gunmen have kidnapped a Nigerian Army Major-General in Imo State. A Nigerian Army Major-General, Richard Duru, has now spent seven days with his abductors as the Imo State command of the Nigeria Police Force assured that its operatives were still carrying out a rescue operation.

According to information from our reliable source, he was kidnapped on 29th September 2023 in Imo State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. It had been reported that the retired Major-General was abducted last weekend in Orji General area, Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State.

According to the reports, Major-General Richard Duru was driving himself in a black Mercedes Benz ML jeep when the gunmen ambushed him. He was kidnapped by 4 persons in a Toyota Sienna. The kidnappers went with his vehicle and several army checkpoints were informed. His phone number was tracked to Mba Itoli in Imo State before it was switched off.

Efforts are ongoing to locate the kidnappers and rescue the army Major-General. All are requested to make efforts using all contacts though discretely to hasten the return of the kidnapped army Major-General. Major-General Richard Duru is a member of 33rd Regular and NDC 18.”

Meanwhile, the lmo State Police Command has said that it is doing everything humanly possible to secure the release of the army Major-General. In a statement, Mohammad Ahamade Barde, Commissioner of Police in Imo, said upon hearing the news, he deployed the command’s tactical team to secure the release of the army Major-General.

According to his words; “We are on top of the matter; those involved will certainly be made to face the full wrath of the law.” The kidnapped Army Major-General is a native of Isiekenesi in ldeato South local government area of lmo state.

Meanwhile unknown gunmen suspected to be members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) acting under directives of Simon Ekpa on Monday attacked traders and set ablaze vehicles at Ezzamgbo junction along the Abakaliki Enugu highway in Ohanukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

The gunmen also burnt shops, motorcycles, and tricycles as well as destroyed properties of some traders who opened for business. Sources said the gunmen suspected to be enforcing the sit-at-home stormed the junction in Ohanukwu in the early hours of Monday and started shooting sporadically.

The gunmen scared people away before setting ablaze vehicles and motorcycles. The source said; “Gunmen suspected to be members of IPOB enforcing the Monday sit-at-home stormed the Ezzamgbo junction and started shooting before they set ablaze vehicles and motorcycles as their owners abandoned them and ran away for safety.”

Simon had earlier threatened to deal decisively with anyone who violated its directive on the sit-at-home on Mondays. The group had been agitating for the restoration of the defunct Biafra Republic and the release of their supreme leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from detention by the Department of State Service (DSS).

The state commissioner of police, Tina Ogbodo confirmed the incident. She said Policemen had been deployed to the area to restore order and promised to give more details later.

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