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Ex-Anambra lawmaker kidnapped after town union meeting


Tony Okafor, Awka

A former member of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Sylvester Okeke, has been reportedy kidnapped.

A source who briefed our correspondent on Monday said the ex-lawmaker was abducted on Friday alongside another person whose identify had not been ascertained close to a Military checkpoint on the ring road area of Awka, the Anambra State capital.

However, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO),Ikenga Tochukwu, said he was not aware of the incident.

Ikenga said,“Where did it take place, did anyone report the incident to any police station, we don’t have such report? And I am not aware of such incident. But I will make inquiry and get back to you.”

A source in the ex-legislator’s Agulu hometown in the Anaocha Local Government area of the state, said Okeke had been missing since Friday evening.

The source said, ““He (Hon. Okeke) attended a meeting of the national leadership of Agulu Peoples Union last Friday which ended before 4pm.

“He is the national vice president of the union. After the meeting, he branched off to his shop in Agulu where he sells wine.

“We learned that it was while he was going back to Awka that he was kidnapped. He was said to be alone in his car. And we learned that they were two that were kidnapped. So, the second person might be the owner of the second vehicle that is behind his own, but, nobody knows the identity of that person yet.”

The source added that the kidnappers had called the former legislator’s family members and demanded ransom.

“The family members of the former lawmakers are handling the issue discreetly so as not to make any public statement that could jeopardise the chances of negotiating his freedom,” the source maintained.

Meanwhile, a viral video showing the ex-legislator’s 406 Peugeot salon car marked ‘Anambra State Legislature, 11A-AA’ and a Toyota Saloon car marked LSR 409 GU parked on the road at the Ring Road in Awka were riddled with bullets as they had multiple holes on their front bonnets.


Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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