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Gunmen Kidnap Imam, Injure 11 worshipers in Delta

By Gabriel Elozino

Suspected kidnappers have abducted a deputy Imam simply identified as Mallam Muhammadu Sani and injured eleven (11) worshippers at a mosque in Ughelli, Delta state.

According to sources, the incident happened in the early hours of Friday while worshippers were observing their early morning prayer at the Mosque.

Already tension is currently high following the incident and several other similar incidents, including the attempted assassination of the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate and All Progressive Congress, APC governorship flag bearer for Delta State, Ovie Omo-Agege.

It was learnt that abductors who were armed with sophisticated weapons, and five in number stormed the Mosque located at Otovwievwiere street in Okorodafe axis of the Ughelli metropolis at about 6:00 am, shooting sporadically before abducting their victim.

ImamSpeaking to newsmen on the incident, secretary of Arewa Community, Ughelli North, Darlington Ahmed Garma said, “At about 6:15 am, unknown persons came with an ash colour Toyota Sienna, they parked opposite the mosque.

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“Two men entered the Mosque, as they were taking the Imam, Mallam Muhammadu Sani away, they told the remaining members that were performing their morning prayer to go outside.

“Before they got outside the mosque, eleven worshippers were shut and are currently on admission at Ughelli Central Hospital.”

One of the injured victims that spoke from the hospital bed, Muhammed Bagudu (63), disclosed that the gunmen with their faces masked entered the mosque and began to shoot people.

“They shot me, my brother, one of the Imams and went away with another Imam, Muhammadu Sani from Katsina state.

When our reporter got to Ughelli Central Hospital, some of the eleven victims were seen at the Accident and Emergency unit receiving treatment.

Efforts to speak with the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Edafe Bright was not successful as calls to his lines were not answered nor returned as at the time of this report.

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