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Unknown Gunmen Kidnap Abia state NURTW Boss


Ignatius Okpara, Umuahia

Unknown gunmen have kidnapped the Abia State Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW Chief Sunny Nwakodo.

African Examiner learnt that the Abia NURTW helmsman was driving to his country home at Ndume, which is in the outskirts of Umuahia, the state capital, on Friday evening, when the hoodlum abducted him.

The kidnappers, according to a source close to the family, trailed Nwakodo, to a certain area where they suddenly double- crossed him as he was driving to his village at the close of work.

Meanwhile, the ugly incident has thrown motor parks in the state into confusion, as their members were seen discussing the development in clusters.

The Abia state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO Mr. Geoffrey Ogbonna, who confirmed the incident, stated that the whereabouts of the NURTW leader in the state remained unknown as no contact had been established with his abductors.

He however, assured that efforts were being intensified by their men to track down the perpetrators of the unholy act.

The state police spokesman however, appealed to members of the public with useful information that could lead to the rescue of the victim to make them available to security operatives for prompt action.

He stated that pockets of violent crimes being witnessed occasionally in some parts of the state in recent times do not suggest that kidnapping era, which almost ruined the state in 2010, has resurfaced in the state.

The PPRO however, assured residents of the state of security agents, and state government,s commitment towards ensuring the safety of all citizens, waring criminals to better quit the area or be ready to face the music if apprehended.

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