Unidentified gunmen on Friday hijacked a corpse at Ahoada in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State and are demanding a ransom of N1m before it can be released.
According to reports, the deceased woman was being conveyed to her home for burial when unknown gunmen ambushed the ambulance conveying her corpse, removed her corpse from the coffin and fled into the bush.
The son of the deceased who was in town, heard of the incident and immediately ran to the scene. He was killed by the gunmen when he attempted to come into the bush to retrieve his mother’s corpse. The gunmen reportedly shot him and dragged his lifeless body into the bush.
“The family had hired an ambulance with which it was conveying the remains of the woman home for burial. On the way, this group of armed men, decked in flowing white robe but armed with AK-47 riffles, waylaid the ambulance, took the casket hostage, demanding for N1,000,000 from the bereaved’s family for its release. They ordered the ambulance driver to “vanish” with his vehicle, and the man gladly fled the scene,” the witness said
The witness also stated that soon after the corpse was released and sermon for the burial commenced at the community church, the congregation were informed of impending cultists’ attack which made them flee and abandoned the corpse.