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  • Updated: June 14, 2024

Anambra: ESN kills three, abducts nine fishermen, demands N20 million ransom

Anambra: ESN kills three, abducts nine fishermen, demands N2

Gunmen suspected of being members of the Eastern Security Network, the paramilitary branch of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, have allegedly killed three of the 12 Taraba State fishermen they kidnapped.

Honourable Zakari Sanusi, a member of the Taraba State House of Assembly representing the Ibi Constituency, reported the development.

Zakari informed reporters on Thursday that the victims were abducted on Sunday in Anambra State's Ogbaru Local Government Area.

He stated that the victims, who are his constituents, were on their way to Osamala village for their long-standing fish farming business when they were approached by criminals.

Sanusi identified the victims as 12 males and five females, including two youngsters.

Zakari revealed that the terrorists had contacted the victims' families and demanded N20 million in ransom.

“The incident happened on Monday. The farmers were attacked in a Ugwaru, under Onitsha, they were attacked while travelling in an 18-seater bus.

“The terrorists gruesomely slaughtered 3 people on the spot. They released the females and children and took the remaining nine males into the forest.

“Their whereabouts are unknown. But the gunmen have reached out, demanding a ransom of N20 million.

“We are therefore appealing to the federal government to intervene and secure the release of the captives and ensure those killed unjustifiably get justice,” Zakari pleaded.

The lawmaker expressed sympathy for the victims' families and assured them that the state administration would do everything possible to achieve the release of those still held captive.

According to the article, one of the fishermen, who declined to be mentioned, said they learned about the incident from one of the victims who left the terrorist hideout.

“He told us that three people were slaughtered by the terrorists in his presence. He said they would randomly point to anyone and ask him to come forward to be slaughtered.

“But to avoid dying in such a miserable manner, he found his way to escape from the terrorist den,” he said.

“We don’t even know who to call for help. One of the people we reached out to requested N2 million before he could help us even facilitate discussions with the terrorists.

“Our people have been coming to Osamala to catch fish for a very long time. We inherited it from our grandfathers”, the source who pleaded for anonymity said.

He also urged the authorities to expedite the release of the other hostages.

Meanwhile, police authorities in Anambra State are yet to release a formal comment over the terrible occurrence.

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