Ex-Gov Egwu’s in-law kidnapped

By Ogochukwu Anioke Abakaliki
In Nigeria News Feed
Feb 9th, 2014
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A brother in-law of Dr. Sam Egwu, the immediate past governor of Ebonyi State and former Education minister, was, at the weekend, kidnapped by four gunmen in the state.

Mr. Kennedy Ogba, elder brother of Dr. Egwu’s wife, Eunice, was snatched from his Nsuruakpa country home in Ohaukwu local government area at about 5pm.

He had just returned to his compound from a burial in the community when the four gunmen struck.

Ogba represented Ohaukwu South in the State House of Assembly between 2003-2007.

He is also a former Chairman of Ohaukwu Local Government Area.

A family source said the kidnappers were sighted at the entrance gate of the victim’s compound, when he was returning from the burial but never suspected that they were there to kidnap him.

The kidnappers reportedly followed their victim into his house before seizing him.

They also overpowered others with him, confiscated their handsets and then zoomed off in their get-away car.

The source said: “Four of them were strange faces. They were not masked. I had not seen them before in my life. We passed them by when we were coming from burial. They were walking but we never suspected that they were in for such act.

“When they entered the compound, we were at the gate, when four of them came into the compound. Because our boss is a jovial and simple man, who does not allow anybody to question his visitors, we never cared to ask them what their mission was until they began to exhibit some strange behaviours. We tried to confront them but when they pulled their guns he had to surrender.”

Chairman of Ohaukwu local government, Mrs. Chinyere Elom, confirmed the incident and said that the police were on the trail of the kidnappers.

Elom said that the kidnappers have already established contact with the family.

She said:”I visited the wife this morning. They just allowed the husband to speak to the wife for some seconds and the phone went off. They have not demanded for ransom yet but they warned the family not to trail them with police.”

Police spokesman, ASP Chris Anyanwu, said he was aware of the incident but said he was waiting for official report from the DPO in-charge of the Division.

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