Unknown numbers of travellers are said to have been kidnapped after herdsmen-looking kidnappers barricaded the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway between Leru junction and Ihube axis.

According to Vanguard, a group of roughly 30 heavily armed bandits seized all the passengers from three buses. According to reports, the highly armed bandits ambushed a group of soldiers who were dispatched to the area in response to a distress call.

After allegedly setting the military van on fire and injuring two troops, they are said to have herded the passengers of three buses they had kidnapped into the nearby bush.

A youth leader in Umunneochi confirmed the incident and claimed that the situation had increased anxiety in the neighborhood. According to him, the bandits blocked the highway on Saturday night while it was raining, which led to traffic jams that extended to the Leru junction because commuters mistook the bandits for police officers stationed at the roadblock.

He claimed that when the bandits opened fire on a military van that arrived to save the situation, some of the commuters who had alighted to determine the source of the bottleneck ran to their heels.

He claimed that some persons were shot as they sped away from their cars in search of safety.

The incidence was also confirmed by Eze Chikamnayo, the Secretary of the Umunneochi Security Committee and the Abia state commissioner for information.

The expressway between Ihube and Umunneochi is where it happened. There has been a significant decrease in these incidences in Umunneochi itself, but they have moved to the border between Umunneochi and Imo State.

But the Umunneochi Security Committee put in a lot of effort. We have boosted our vigilante force, established roadblocks, and may have deterred them.

The fact that they have moved further away from Umunneochi LGA and toward the express, in my opinion, is a success for us. They are precisely at Ihube, which marks the border between Abia and Imo.

On this news, the Nigerian Army has not yet made any remarks.