The First City Monument Bank (FCMB) branch located in the heart of Enugu was forced to suspend operations on Wednesday as a frantic search began for three of its female staff members who were abducted near the University of Nigeria Enugu Campus (UNEC).
According to eyewitness accounts, the three women, all front desk workers, had concluded their work for the day at approximately 7 pm at the Presidential Road Branch near Nkpokiti. They were driving home together in a vehicle when a sudden collision occurred.
Another vehicle had deliberately hit them from behind, prompting the women to step out of their car to confront the supposed offender. But unknown to them, the crash was a premeditated trap set by the kidnappers to take advantage of the situation.
As soon as the women exited their vehicle, armed gunmen emerged from the shadows, overpowering the unsuspecting victims. The assailants then forcibly abducted the three female bank employees, leaving no chance for escape.
Disturbingly, one of the kidnapped ladies is reported to be heavily pregnant, adding further concern to the already alarming situation. As the news of the kidnapping spread, law enforcement agencies and security personnel were swiftly mobilized to initiate a search operation.
However, as of the time of this report, the whereabouts of the abducted bank workers remain unknown. Authorities have also revealed that no communication has been received from the kidnappers, and attempts to reach the victims through their cell phones have been unsuccessful, as their numbers appear to be switched off.
The management of FCMB has assured the public that they are fully cooperating with law enforcement agencies and providing any necessary support to aid in the safe recovery of their staff members. They have also expressed their deepest sympathies to the families of the kidnapped women during this challenging time.
As the investigation into this harrowing incident continues, the public is urged to remain vigilant and report any information that may aid the authorities in resolving the kidnapping and ensuring the safe return of the victims.