- Unidentified gunmen were said to have hijacked a corspe in Ahoada in Ahoada East local government area of Rivers state
- The corpse was being conveyed home for burial by church members when it was hijacked along Ahoada road by bandits
- When the corpse was later released for burial, the congregation fled in the middle of sermon and abandoned the church following report of impending cultists' attack
A corpse was on Friday, April 26, hijacked by unidentified gunmen at Ahoada in Ahoada East local government area of Rivers state, and a ransom of N1m has been demanded by the culprits.
According to Daily Trust, as eyewitness said the corpse was being conveyed home for burial by church members when it was hijacked along Ahoada road by bandits.
Legit.ng gathers that the corpse was said to have been pulled from the ambulance, after which the gunmen fled with it inside the bush.
According to the eyewitness, soon after the son of the deceased got to the scene to demand for the release of his mother’s corpse, the armed men shot him dead and dragged his lifeless body into the bush.
The eyewitness said: “The family had hired an ambulance with which it was conveying the remains of the woman home for burial.
"On the way, this group of armed men, decked in flowing white robe but armed with AK-47 riffles, waylaid the ambulance, took the casket hostage, demanding for N1,000,000 from the bereaved’s family for its release.
“They ordered the ambulance driver to “vanish” with his vehicle, and the man gladly fled the scene."
The eyewitness said that the woman's corpse was released to the church after someone from the community intervened.
He, however, said that when sermon for the burial commenced, the congregation fled and abandoned the church following report of impending cultists' attack.
When the Rivers state police command's public relation officer, Nnamdi Omoni, was contacted, he said he was not aware of the incident.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari expressed displeasure over wanton destruction of lives and property in Zamfara, Katsina and Kaduna states, vowing that the federal government would not spare anyone found wanting.
President Buhari directed security chiefs in the country to rout out bandits terrorising the three states within the shortest time possible.
The president spoke through the governor of Katsina state, Aminu Bello Masari.
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Masari visited Yar Santa and Tsamiyar Jino villages in Kankara local government to condole with the people over recent terrorist attacks on the communities resulting in the loss of lives and property running into millions of naira.
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