Warri – There was palpable tension in Ughelli metropolis, today, Friday, 2 December ,2022 as gunmen suspected to be kidnappers abducted a deputy Imam simply identified as Mallam Muhammadu Sani.

The incident occured
while the worshippers were observing their early morning prayer at a Mosque in Ughelli North local government area of Delta state.
Eleven (11) other worshippers were also injure

It was learned that the gunmen numbering about five in an unidentified Toyota Sienna , stormed the Mosque located at Otovwievwiere street in Okorodafe axis of the Ughelli metropolis at about 6:am on Friday and shot sporadically before abducting their victim.

Speaking to newsmen on the incident, secretary of Arewa Community, Ughelli North, Darlington Ahmed Garma said, “At about 6.15 am, unknown persons came with an ash colour Toyota Sienna, they parked opposite the mosque.

“Two men entered the Mosque, as they were taking the Imam, Mallam Muhammadu Sani away, they told the remaining members that were performing their morning prayer to go outside.

“Before they got outside the mosque, eleven worshippers were shut and they are currently on admission at Ughelli Central Hospital.

One of the injured victims that spoke from the hospital bed, Muhammed Bagudu,63, disclosed that the gunmen with their faces masked entered the mosque and begin to shoot people.

“They shot me, my brother, one of the Imams and went away with another Imam, Muhammadu Sani from Katsina state.

When newsmen got to Ughelli Central Hospital, some of the eleven victims were seen at the Accident and Emergency unit receiving treatment.

The Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Edafe Bright could not be reached as of press time for comments, as calls to his mobile phone were not responded to.