- A pro-democracy activist in Imo state, Paulcy Iwuala, was kidnapped by unknown gunmen
- kidnappers, ten days after the abduction, contacted the victim’s family and demanded N10m ransom
- A senior police officer confirmed the incident and said the state command was working hard to secure Iwuala’s release
There is palpable tension in Owerri, the capital of Imo state following the abduction of a popular pro-democracy activist, Paulcy Iwuala.
Iwuala, the founder of Genius Eyes International, was reportedly kidnapped along the Spibat area of Owerri while returning from the birthday party of one of his friends at the new Owerri axis of the state capital, The Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that on Sunday, July 1, after holding Iwuala for ten days, his abductors communicated with his family, demanding N10m as the ransom for his release.
One of his friends, Philip, who confirmed his abduction, said: “After the day’s work, Paulcy headed to DE Angels, a popular pub in the New Owerri, to join in the birthday celebration of one of his friends.
“I learnt that about 8 pm, he left to see a friend at the Orji area of the town precisely at Spibat and that was where the kidnappers struck.
“No one could say what really happened except that a guy in a jeep was bundled away by some gun-wielding individuals and to avoid being trailed they shot into the air to arouse fear.”
He said the police had been informed about the kidnap and that Iwuala’s family was running around to raise money to secure his freedom.
The state police public relations officer, Andrew Enwerem, could not be reached for comments but a senior police officer reportedly confirmed the abduction.
The police source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the command was working hard to secure Iwuala’s release.
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NAIJ.com previously reported that the kidnapped wife of a monarch in Ondo state, (the Alauga of Auga) in Akoko north east local government area of the state, Olukemi Agunloye who was recently released by her abductors said she was forced to drink water meant for cows.
The monarch’s wife and her driver were kidnapped between Auga and Ise Akoko on her way to Ugbe-Akoko in the same local government.
Their release was confirmed to Channels Television by the spokesman of the state police command, Femi Joseph.
The monarch, Oba Samuel Agunloye, said the passers-by who saw his abandoned car conveying the victims on the road, contacted him on the phone about the abduction.
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