No fewer than five persons have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen men in Anambra State.
It was gathered that the five persons were returning from the traditional marriage ceremony of a cousin to the State Commissioner for Special Duties, Sly Ezeokenwa when they were picked at gunpoint.
A message by the Commissioner, made available to newsmen stated that the victims were kidnapped around the Akpo community in Aguata local government area, at about 10 pm on Monday.
The report said no contact had been established with them or the kidnappers.
Ezeokenwa wrote: “The following friends of my cousin – Sampson Okafor, Chidozie Eze, Franklin Osuuagu, Chijioke Uduba, Benedict Ozoagwu who visited for his traditional marriage yesterday (Monday) were kidnapped at gunpoint at about 10pm last night in Udo Village, Akpo (Aguata LGA) along Akpo – Nkpologwu road about 300m to Akpo Junction. We are yet to establish any contact with the victims.”
The spokesperson of the state Police Command, DSP Toochukwu Ikenganyia, also confirmed the development.
He said the Command has launched an operation to rescue the abducted persons, and that the Commissioner has also been contacted over the claims.
“The Command has already made contact with the Honorable Commissioner for special duties, Mr Sly Ezeonkenwa and operation is currently ongoing for possible rescue of the victims.”