Gunmen reportedly wearing police uniforms on Sunday invaded Ibite Awhum community in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State and kidnapped six Christian pilgrims.
The security agents were said to have swung into action immediately they received the information and pursued the kidnappers.
A source said that the forest guards in the area pursued the kidnappers and contacted their counterparts at Ogbeke Nike, Enugu East Local Government, who also mobilised from their own end.
Apparently seeing that they were being hemmed in from both ends, the kidnappers were said to have fled, leaving the captives alone in their camp where they were discovered by the guards, along with a victim from another incident.
Narrating their ordeal, the victims, who were evacuated to the Monastery, said they were praying on the hill, adding that they were suddenly surrounded by about seven Fulani-looking individuals wearing police uniforms.
They said the bandits took all their phones and ordered them into the forest.
They said that after a long trek, they got the bandits’ camp deep in the forest, where their colleagues numbering about ten were waiting for them.
They also found another kidnap victim there.
According to the victim, for reasons they did not know then, the kidnappers suddenly became panicky and subsequently ran into the forest, leaving them alone and confused before the forest guards appeared.
The source disclosed that the State Government had been briefed on the incident.
Meanwhile, the police is yet to issue a statement on the incident.