Some suspected Fulani herdsmen on Friday in Okpara waterside, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State, have kidnapped a 10-year-old girl identified as Eseoghene Ejiro.
It was gathered that the girl was abducted on her way from school.
An eyewitness, Mr. Peter Ugege, said the abductors were about six in number and clutching bows and arrows, including cutlasses.
He said, ‘‘They stormed the community and kidnapped the young girl who was returning from school. As they dragged her into the bush, she was shouting for help. But I could not help because I was alone in my compound.”
Ugege added that the herdsmen had occupied most of the communities in Ethiope East, particularly Okpara waterside, Oviore and Agharelokpe areas of the state.
According to him, they sometimes drove the residents out of their villages under the pretence of searching for their missing cows.
Reacting to the development, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Alkali Baba Usman, who confirmed the incident, said, ‘‘We are making efforts to rescue the little girl unhurt. We are working hard to ensure that the hoodlums are brought to book.”
Efforts to get in touch with the girl’s parents were not successful.
Meanwhile, a five-year-old girl, Etimyeme Friday, who was earlier kidnapped and sold by suspected child traffickers in Asaba, was on Friday reunited with her family after spending three months with the family who bought her from her abductors.
The victim was handed over to her father, Mr. Felix Friday, by the state commissioner of police.
Usman added that on December 10, 2015, Friday came to the police command headquarters in Asaba to convincingly identify Etimyeme as his biological daughter.
He further said the state’s Ministry of Women Affairs was currently in custody of six rescued children yet to be claimed by their parents.