Six armed robbers, Sunday night, raided the Holy Trinity Anglican Church and St. Anthony’s Hospital and Maternity at Amanuke, Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State and rounded up their activities in the area with the abduction of a 16-year-old girl.
An eyewitness told Vanguard that they shot sporadically to scare away people, as they entered St. Anthony’s Hospital and Maternity, where they made away with a generating set, mobile telephones, hospital equipment and unspecified amount of money.
They also manhandled the nurses, patients and the watchman on duty.
Similarly at the Anglican Church, the robbers stole items worth thousands of naira and commanded the resident priest, Rev. Canon Nehemiah Ugoagu, to pray for their safe operation in the town.
They later went into the town and raided many shops and other private homes.
At the home of a 70-year-old peasant farmer, Ms Faith Ilomuanya, the hoodlums abducted 16-year-old girl, who was staying with her, apparently because they could not find any money on her.
At press time, the woman was still in shock and unable to recount her experience.
The whereabouts of the victim was still unknown.
However, Rev. Ugoagu, who narrated his experience, said that after raiding the church, the robbers broke into his house and threatened to shoot him if he raised alarm.
He said: “They took my two phones, my wife’s jewellery and other things and then commanded me, at gunpoint, to pray for them so that they would have a smooth operation.”