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An Appeal To Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan

Dr. Goodluck E. Jonathan
President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Federal Capital Territory, Garki, Abuja
Ref: CB.7000/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOL.104/556
Ref: CB.7000/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOL.171/571
Your Excellency,

Please accept greetings from our families. While we appeal to you and all Nigerians of goodwill not to be fed up with our continued plea for help at this very challenging time, kindly permit us to use this medium again to bring to the knowledge of Your Excellency that the mystery of the disappearance of our brother in-law, Mr. Emmanuel Chukwuemeka Udemba has not yet been unraveled. Moreover, there has not been any evidence or visible sign that any police investigative team has been activated in this regard following our previous open appeal to the Inspector General of Police (cf. Sun Newspaper, February 17, 2014, p.10). Family, friends and relations of the kidnap victim, Emmanuel Chukwuemeka Udemba, are still pleading with those who may still be possibly holding him to release him to his family and loved ones.

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan

Even though our previous heartfelt “Appeal to the Inspector General of Police and Fellow Nigerians” attracted an outpouring of moral support, gestures of sympathy, goodwill and empathy from well-meaning Nigerians, we are still desperately in need of your paternal help, Your Excellency. With heavy hearts and left with no other helpful option in sight, we are compelled to approach your esteemed office for necessary action and intervention. Your Excellency, may we use this opportunity to bring to your knowledge that the suffering of the kidnap victim’s family still lingers. Also, we believe that the suffering of every single Nigerian is the suffering of all Nigerians.

Channeling the cries of a still-agonizing family of kidnap victim, Emmanuel Chukwuemeka Udemba, those of his friends and relations to the Father of the Nation seems appropriate at this difficult time.  With great difficulty, we have resorted to this open medium in a bid to reach the highest office in the country. We wish to declare, without qualification, that the inordinate delay or apparent abandonment of any effort to investigate the kidnap of Mr. Udemba, as well as track down perpetrators of this dastardly act by the Anambra State police department has placed the lives and properties of all his family members, friends, acquaintances and close relations, for a long time now, in great danger. Your Excellency, you could also imagine the level of lingering sense of outrage and misdirected misunderstandings that may have been trailing this kidnap incident let alone the degree of smoldering anger, incendiary comments and write-ups from local opportunists and potential miscreants.

Mr. Emmanuel Chukwuemeka Udemba was kidnapped on March 21, 2012 at Nkwelle Ezunaka, Anambra State on his way to his plywood business at Ogbunike also in Anambra State. Reports and details of his identity were abundantly made to the Anambra State Police Command, in this connection, coupled with a helpful piece of evidence and the name of a major person of interest in his kidnap duly tendered to the police to facilitate investigations. But since then, little or no attempts have been made by the Anambra State police to investigate his kidnap let alone furnish his family with any investigations situation report.

Your Excellency, we firmly believe that you can do something helpful for this suffering family because of the nature and duration of their own plight. Moreover, because the nature of what they have endured, this far long, is psychologically inappropriate for any family much less a relatively young and growing family. It is also important to mention that the family of the kidnap victim, Mr. Emmanuel Chukwuemeka Udemba, has been surviving through collective, generous but discomforting contributions from in-laws, friends and relations, the sustainability of which is neither assured nor guaranteed to continue in the long term. In this vein, any seemingly good-sounding recommendation to resort to the Nigerian Legal system as a solution, at this juncture or even at any point during this difficult time, would be totally inadvisable and imprudent for a family that has been literary impoverished by this unfortunate incident. Of course, it would be extremely difficult for a family that now survives through the help of in-laws, friends and relations to contemplate going to court against the Anambra State Police Department for failing to do their job. Your Excellency, this suffering family needs the assistance and intervention of the Presidency now.

Nevertheless, we have not given up hope that the Nigerian Police, properly directed by the Inspector General of Police, would still be able to reliably, swiftly but thoroughly investigate the kidnap of Mr. Udemba and provide Nigerians with a credible result of their investigations. We trust that this mission could be easily accomplished since the police and their allied security agents have every piece of information, tangible and helpful evidence to enable them do so. We continue to pledge that any fruitful attempt to investigate the kidnap of Mr. Emmanuel Chukwuemeka Udemba, secure his possible release as well as track down his kidnappers and his kidnap masterminds would find us and all his relations eternally grateful to Your Excellency, the Inspector General of Police and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Signed for the Anemelu Family:
Sir Joe C. Anemelu

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1 Comment for “An Appeal To Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan”

  1. Please President Jonathan do something to help this suffering family and let’s put an end to this. I thought I made a comment in their previous open appeal to the Inspector General of Police. I could imagine what happens when a breadwinner is snatched away from his family by evil people. Suffering and suffering for the members of his family. This is getting too bad in our country. How could a human be held for this long without people caring? Na waa for Naija!

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