Armed youths attack Enugu-based Journalist , 4 others in Isi-Uzo

An Enugu- based journalist, Dennis Agbo, on Sunday escaped death after he and four other persons were brutally attacked by armed youths from Neke community in Isi-uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State,Nigeria .

Agbo, who reports for Vanguard Newspapers  in Enugu, said he had mobilized four labourers to clear a farmland located at Ugwuokwunele Umuaram in Ikem , headquarters of  the local government area.  On getting to the location, he discovered that some people had built  houses on the land.

He said that while he was still trying to find out the owners of one of the houses, about ten boys who were mobilized to the scene descended on them, beating them.

Pix- Vanguard reporter,Dennis Agbo

“They kidnapped us with the two motorcycles we went there with. They took another Ikem person to their village in Neke. They now mobilized over 300 boys who were fully armed with all sorts of weapons including charms. They said they will kill us.

“At the end of the day they decided to set us free. They said we should go and tell our people that they are prepared for war with our people. One of them, Sunday Ekwu, was the one who negotiated for our release.

“I was seriously beaten. One of us is already in the hospital because his eye was badly damaged. They seized some of our personal belongings including phones, wheelbarrows and other items. We were held hostage for more than three hours. My head and other parts of my body are full of bruises,” Agbo said.

According to him,  the land in question belongs to his family. He said his late Uncle had lived his entire life there and was buried in the same place.  He disclosed that the attack has been reported to the Police.

Author: Maureen Ikpeama

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