By Abimbola Ogunnaike
Some youths in Anaku community in Ayamelum local government council of Anambra State have kidnapped one of the soldiers sent to maintain peace in the troubled area.
They also took away his service gun.
Security operatives, including soldiers, were deployed to restore peace to the area when the youths led by their kingpin popularly known as Vulture reportedly killed eight persons and injured many in Omor Community last Monday.
The state Governor, Charles Soludo, has directed youths in the community to release the soldier and return his gun to him immediately.
Soludo’s’s directive was disclosed by the Transition Committee Chairman of Ayamelum Local Government Area, Livinus Onyenwe.
According to Onyenwe, the Governor also directed law enforcement agencies to do everything within their constitutional powers to ensure that the soldier is rescued, and his rifle returned.
He said the Governor had directed that security operatives would remain in the town until the perpetrators were tracked down, adding that the soldiers had very serious gun battle with the youths and in the process, a soldier was abducted, and his gun taken away.
He said in retaliation, the soldiers pulled down the house of the gang leader, as well as some other youths suspected to belong to the deadly gang.