A 38-year-old woman, Mrs Ijeoma Nweke, has been reportedly kidnapped by gunmen around Dr Laz Nwuzor Street, Hill Top area of Abakaliki by suspected kidnappers.
It was learnt that the victim and her 13-year-old daughter, in company with others, were going for the early morning mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, located in the area when the incident occurred.
Mrs Nweke was the only one taken as her daughter escaped from the hands of kidnappers alerting police.
Mrs Lovett Odah, Ebonyi Police Command Public Relations Officer, confirming the incident to newsmen said the incident took place at about 5am on Monday.
She said that investigations were ongoing to ascertain the motive of the abduction.
“Some men suspected to be kidnappers suddenly emerged from the bush, chased and abducted Nweke on their way to morning mass at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church.
“The daughter narrowly escaped, ran back and informed the father, Mr John Nweke, of the abduction of the mother who reported the matter to the Police.
“We are still carrying out investigations to unravel the motive behind the abduction since the suspects had not contacted the family to demand ransom.
“The command has deployed men of the State Anti-Kidnapping Squad and the State Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS), who are currently combing the area to fish out the suspects and free the victim, ” Odah said
She urged members of the public to be security consciousness and report suspicious movements around their areas to the Police and other law enforcement agencies.