From Emmanuel Uzor, Abakaliki
Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers, in the early hours of Wednesday, attacked the National Mirror correspondent in Ebonyi State, Godwin Aliuna, and carted away with his cash and other valuables.
The hoodlums reportedly broke into Aliuna’s house at Igweokpu Street, at the back of Nkaliki Hatchery, Abakaliki, and attacked him before carting away his HP Latop, camera, two handsets and N52,000 cash.
Addressing journalists after the attack, Aliuna, who sustained head, eyes and face injuries during the attack, said the hoodlums tried to kill him but was only saved by God.
In his account, “The three men, who were with gun, cutlass and saw came to where I was laying down and ordered me to put my hands at my back for them to tie me. I did as they asked me to do and, they beat me up; broke my head and inflicted injuries on my eyes. They dragged me into my toilet and locked me up. They ransacked my house and took my N52, 000.”
“They also took my laptop, two handsets, camera and other belongings that they took from my wife’s and children’s rooms. My wife and children went to the village and are to return this weekend.
“One of the robbers later came back to the toilet where they locked me up and asked “so, this man you never die? We think say you don die. When they finished ransacking my rooms, they opened the door at backyard and left.”
“When they left, I shouted and my neighbours came and untied me, by that time it was already 4:am. I went and reported the matter to the police and they said I should first go and treat myself which I have done. But I am not feeling fine”
However, when contacted, the Ebonyi State Police Commissioner, Mr. Titus Larmode, promised to fish out the fleeing armed robbers.