On Wednesday, 13th January of 2016, the people of Umudara Umulogho community in Obowo Local Government Area of Imo State were thrown into confusion following the abduction of two babies of the triplets of a widow, Mrs. Christiana Iroh, by yet-to-be identified gunmen, Daily Trust reports.
They took the 6-month-old babies from her house early in the morning. Youths of the community immediately mobilized themselves in search of both the abductors and the babies. The babies were discovered in a bush, abandoned. Both female, Chukwunemerem and Chidera were found alive and healthy close to a popular hospital in the area.
Recounting her ordeal, the mother of the triplets, in tears, narrated that at about 1:30am of Wednesday morning, her door was by armed men, with one of them masked.
She said as soon as they got in, two of them grabbed two out of her triplets. When she struggled with them, one them held her throat and pointed a gun at her face, threatening to shoot her.
The terrified mother’s other children, awoken by the commotion, began to bawl, causing the abductors to hit them, threatening them to keep quiet.
The 29-year-old widow said that one of the gunmen held her while the others took the two babies away. After the last one ran off, she screamed loudly, attracting neighbours. The community formed a search party, combing all the bushes around.
Mrs. Iroh told Daily Trust that she does not suspect anyone from the community, but stated that on the previous day, her brother-in-law had threatened to deal with her over her refusal to vacate his late brother’s house, which she said he has coveted for a while.
According to her, when she reported the matter to her father-in-law Mr. Benedict Iroh, he showed support to the actions of his son and asked her what she was still doing in the compound.
She said he even accused her of killing her husband. When contacted, the traditional ruler of Umulogho autonomous community, HRH Eze Ngozi Patrick said that his people are really disturbed by the abduction of the babies by gunmen, adding that such an incident has never happened in his community.
The Monarch told Daily Trust that he had already met with the Divisional Police Officer when he visited the community on the matter, adding that he made an official report to the Police Command, Owerri, insisting there be no rest until the stolen babies are back, safe and sound, with the perpetrators apprehended.
The Eze said the police have already arrested Mr. Ukah Iroh, the elder brother to the late husband, who had earlier threatened to deal with the widow, a day before the incident. Another community member, Nze Paul Iweajunwa, used the opportunity to call on the state government and the police to ensure they arrest the culprits.
Imo State Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Dave Adeyemi, insisted that despite the recovery of the babies, the police will surely nab the criminals responsible for the kidnapping.