A seamstress who resides at Labour’s compound, Iboko, Mrs. Augustina Nwalaji, 35 who was abducted at Iboko, Izzi L.G.A by some young men suspected to be kidnappers is yet to be found a month after.
Narrating the ordeal, a resident of the area, Mr. Boniface Mkpuma told Citizens’ Advocate that the woman was targeted by the miscreants allegedly led by one Mr. Ugochukwu Odigbo following the fact that the victim was due for a revolving credit (Isusu contribution) where she would have received the sum of N1 million.
Mr. Mkpuma said that on a fateful day, Mrs. Nwalaji fully unaware of the danger lurking on the way, she rode her motorcycle to the place of the contribution but on her way, her movement was intercepted by some armed men who abducted her, took her motorcycle and other valuables.
He claimed that their action was prompted by their unpleasant desire to collect the supposed contribution from the woman but they were disappointed because their victim was not in possession of the cash.
Mr. Mkpuma said the kidnappers were not happy with the development and that made them to abduct her. They started making calls and demanded a ransom of N2.8 million.
He further disclosed that shortly after, police personnel from anti-kidnapping swung into action and discovered that the gang was allegedly led by Mr. Ugochukwu, an indigene of Sharon village.
Mr. Nwofoke Ikenna, a resident of the area told us that through police expertise, the woman’s motorcycle was found at Ndiologbo village where a younger brother of Mr. Ugochukwu gang member was dismantling it.
Superintendent of Police, Izzi Divisional Police Officer, Maigoroson Joshua said that the woman was abducted around 11:00 pm, 24th September 2019.
The police officer while having a security meeting with members of Igbeagu Vigilante Group stated that his men were making frantic efforts to rescue the victim and also to apprehend the accused persons.
We learned that the young man dismantling the motorcycle and his father, the owner of the compound where the stolen motorcycle was found have been arrested while Mr. Ugochukwu and other suspects’ whereabouts are yet unknown.