Gunmen abduct Umuahia-based businessman, demand N20m ransom

Gunmen abduct Umuahia-based businessman, demand N20m ransom

An Umuahia-based businessman in Abia State, Mr Onyekachi Okwuodu, has been abducted by unknown gunmen.

Okwuodu was reportedly kidnapped at about 9 p.m on Tuesday in his house at Ajata Okwuru-Ibeku, near Umuahia, the Abia capital.

A relation of the victim told the News Agency of Nigeria on the condition of anonymity on Wednesday that the hoodlums laid ambush for the victim in his house.

“They laid ambush around his house so as soon as he returned home and was trying to park his car, they swooped on him and forced him into their waiting Volkswagen Passat vehicle,” the source said.

The source told NAN that the hoodlums took away their victim’s car along with some members of his family.

They later abandoned the victim’s family and vehicle on their way out but escaped with Okwuodu.

The source said that the bandits shot and killed the leader of a vigilance group at the neighbouring Ukome Isieke-Ibeku Village, when they were accosted by the group, while attempting to escape.

The source further said that the hoodlums had contacted the family and demanded N20 million ransom.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Geoffrey Ogbonna, confirmed the incident to NAN on cellphone but said that the command was yet to get detailed information on it.



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