Gunmen Invade Church in Nigeria’s Southeast, Abduct Women Leader 

Gunmen Invade Church in Nigeria's Southeast, Abduct Women Leader (News Central TV)

On Sunday, gunmen attacked the First Baptist Church on Wetheral Road in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, Nigeria’s Southeast and kidnapped one Biola Abeoye, one of the women leaders.

The victim is the general manager’s wife at the Nekede location of the Owerri Zoological Garden. Reporters were informed by a church official who did not want to be named that the daredevil gunmen drove a Toyota car.

According to him, the kidnappers waited till the church service came to an end before they struck.

He said that the manner the kidnappers operated showed that they came for the victim. He claimed that the attackers fired rounds into the air that shattered the church’s walls before fleeing with their victim.

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He said “Some group of gun-wilding men operating in a camera Toyota vehicle came to our church premises and parked. At first we thought that they were security men, so we didn’t bother. They waited till the church service dismissed before they struck.

“They had somebody in their car who identified the woman before they forced her into their vehicle. They shot at our church building. It was so terrible. The woman is the wife of the General Manager of Imo Zoological Garden at Nekede. Her husband is out of the state. He travelled. We have reported the incident at the police station.”

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The police spokesperson for the state, Micheal Abattam, is yet to comment on the incident.


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