Major-General Kidnapped in Imo State, Security Concerns in South-East Persist.
Security concerns in Nigeria’s South-East have deepened as gunmen recently abducted a retired Major-General, identified as Maj Gen RC Duru (rtd), in the Orji General area of Owerri North Local Government Area, Imo State.
The incident unfolded over the weekend when Maj Gen Duru, who had retired from military service, found himself in a harrowing situation. He was driving a black Mercedes Benz ML jeep when gunmen ambushed him in a brazen act of criminality.
According to reports, the retired Major-General was abducted by four individuals who arrived in a Toyota Sienna vehicle. Shockingly, the kidnappers also made off with his vehicle, further complicating the situation.
A signal obtained by SaharaReporters revealed details of the incident, stating, “The kidnappers went with his vehicle, and checkpoints were informed. His phone (08033567459) was tracked to Mba Itoli in Imo State before it was switched off.”
Efforts are currently underway to locate the kidnappers and secure the safe return of the retired General. Authorities and concerned individuals are urged to discreetly utilize all available contacts to expedite the resolution of this distressing situation.
Maj Gen RC Duru (rtd) holds the distinction of being a member of the 33rd Regular Course and NDC 18, adding gravity to the concerns surrounding his abduction.
Security has been deteriorating in the South-Eastern region of Nigeria, marked by a series of attacks by armed assailants in recent times. States like Anambra and Imo have been particularly affected, with incidents targeting government officials, facilities, and even the military and security personnel.
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The Nigerian government has publicly accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) of being responsible for the escalating violence in the South-East. However, IPOB has repeatedly denied any involvement in these attacks, leading to a complex and tense security situation in the region.
As the search for Maj Gen RC Duru (rtd) continues and efforts intensify to address the broader security challenges in the South-East, the safety and well-being of residents and the effective functioning of the region’s institutions remain a matter of pressing concern for both the government and the public.