Diary of Some Prominent Nigerians Kidnapped in the Past Three Years

On January 27, 2007, Ego Cordelia, Anambra State Commissioner for Women Affairs, and Kenechukwu, her graduate son, were abducted by hoodlum...

• On January 27, 2007, Ego Cordelia, Anambra State Commissioner for Women Affairs, and Kenechukwu, her graduate son, were abducted by hoodlums at Nsugbe, near Nwafor Orizu College of Education, while coming back from the school. The kidnappers demanded N50 million ransom.

• On January 27, 2007, Pius Ogbuawa, an Nnewi businessman, was kidnapped and N20 million demanded as ransom.

• On April 26, 2008, Patrick Mbamalu Okeke, a 73-year-old traditional ruler of Abagana in Njikoka Council was kidnapped.

• On June 8, 2008 in Benin City, Bob Izua, the managing director of Bob Izua Motors, was kidnapped. He was later released after a ransom of N5 million was paid.

• On August 25, 2008, Kelechi Nwankpa, chairman of Obingwa Council in Abia State, was kidnapped on his way to his office from his village. His driver was shot dead and he was released three days after the state government paid N10 million as ransom.

• On November 15, 2008, Joseph Dimobi, a member of the Anambra State House of Assembly, representing Aniocha II Constituency, was kidnapped and N30 million ransom demanded for his release.

• On November 21, 2008, Eberechi Dick, the traditional ruler of Mgboko Ngwa Amaise Autonomous Community and the chairman of Obingwa Traditional Rulers Council, was kidnapped. He was kidnapped in his Amaise village and released after seven days and after a N10 million ransom was paid.

• On August 16, 2009, unknown gunmen kidnapped Peter Edochie, a movie star in Onitsha, the commercial nerve centre of Anambra State. Edochie, who hit the limelight as Okonkwo in the television adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s book, Things Fall Apart, was kidnapped after his bodyguards were overpowered.

• On August 20, 2009, Grace Mamah, wife of multi-millionaire transport mogul, James Mamah of Ifesinachi Transport, was abducted by two unknown gunmen. Mamah was abducted at a private National College of Education located at the Barracks area of the university town, Nsukka.

• Also, Nkem Owoh, Nigerian popular actor and comedian, popularly known as Osuofia, was kidnapped along Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway. The kidnappers demanded a ransom of N15 million from the family.

• In September 2009, Waje Yayok, the secretary to the Kaduna State Government, SSG, was kidnapped in his country home. His kidnappers asked for N40 million as ransom for his release. It was the first highest profile kidnapping in the state.

• On October 28, 2009, Simeon Soludo, 78, father of former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, who was at that time the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was kidnapped in his home in Isuofia. They demanded a N5 billion ransom to cover “political expenses” arising from the PDP primaries.

• Anyasi Agwu, chairman of Enyimba Football Club, was also kidnapped.

• Honourable Joe Dimobi (Aniocha 11 Constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly) was kidnapped.

• On May 26, 2010 in Benin City, medical doctors took to the streets, and marched to the palace of the Oba of Benin, Erediauwa, following the trend where doctors had become primary target of kidnappers. Five doctors were kidnapped in one week in Benin. Prominent among the kidnapped doctors was Dr. Osaro Osifo who was abducted by gunmen in May 2010.

• On June 13, 2010, Sunday Njoku, the traditional ruler of the Umebulu community in Rivers State, was kidnapped while he was in the church.

• A former chairman of old Anambra Local Government who left his base in Aba, to bury his younger brother was abducted recently. He was released after a ransom of N5 million was paid.

• Edet Akpan, a retired major general, and former director-general of National Youth Service Scheme, NYSC, was kidnapped while worshiping in a church in his hometown in Ibesikpo.

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