Dr. Okechukwu Okoye, a member of the state House of Assembly who represents Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s Aguata 11 seat, has been kidnapped, according to the Anambra State Police Command.
However, The leadership also stated that the abducted legislator was being rescued.
Governor Soludo, an indigene of the Isuofia village, was abducted in Aguata on Sunday.
While confirming Okoye’s kidnapping, Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Toochukwu Ikenga also said the lawmaker’s black Sienna bus, which he was driving at the time of the crime, had been recovered.
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Meanwhile, Igwe C.A.O. Muoghalu, the traditional ruler of Isuofia, has described Okoye’s kidnapping as a nasty shock to the community.
“It is with shock, grief, and contempt that HRH, Igwe (Col.) C.A. O Muoghalu received the sad kidnapping of Hon. (Dr.) Okechukwu Okoye, the member representing Aguata II State Constituency, and one of the foremost sons of Isuofia community in Aguata local government area of Anambra State,” the royal father said in a statement signed by his palace secretary.
“His Highness condemns the kidnapping of Dr. Okoye in the strongest possible terms.”
This is one of the worst crimes unimaginably committed against not only Isuofia community, but to Aguata II State Constituency and the generality of Anambra, and there can be no excuses for this wicked act.
“No one should ever go through the traumatic experience of being a victim of violence, be it political or otherwise.
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“Nigeria seems to be living through the normalization of political violence, and abduction has remained a stubbornly grim part of the electioneering life in the rest of Nigeria. And so, the plot to vanquish the political pursuits of Dr. Okoye is totally condemned.
“But we must be honest about what it really is: the result of violent, hateful, vengeful and divisive rhetoric that is all too common across our country. There must be consequences for those who commit these heinous crimes.
“His Highness has urged the security agencies to spare no efforts in taking significant steps to rescue Hon. Okechukwu Okoye, and holding to account those responsible for these heinous violations of his human rights.
“His Highness thereupon calls for the immediate and unconditional release and safe return of Hon. (Dr.) OkeChukwu Okoye, failing which the land of Isuofia shall fight her own causes till the contrivers of this evil are put to doom.