Gunmen in Anambra have abducted yet another politician in the state just hours after news of the beheading of a lawmaker made it to the public. Uzozie Chukwujekwu, the kidnapped politician is the special adviser to a former chairman of the Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
But the politician’s abduction is only one in a series of attacks experienced by the local government and the state in general. Early on Saturday, gunmen stormed Umudiji Umuohama village in Ukpor which itself was on the heels of the abduction of Okechukwu Okoye, the lawmaker, six days earlier.
According to reports, the newest victim was stolen from his home, and his son was shot after the latter refused to open the gates for them. The son has been taken to a hospital where he is reportedly receiving treatment. The spokesperson for the State Police Command, Tochukwu Ikenga confirmed the incident in a statement and revealed that police officials have already started operations to rescue the politician and bring his abductors to justice.
Yet many expressed concerns over the rapidly deteriorating security situation in the state as attacks have been reported almost every day since Governor Soludo ascended to the governorship seat, with some of the worst being targeted at government officials and facilities and security agencies.
The governor himself has been making moves to restore calm to the state; as with his announcement made during his inauguration and his visit to the detained IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu. Yet such efforts seem to be in vain as his subsequent revoking of the sit-at-home order has only seemed to anger the assailants.