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Gunmen behead former Anambra lawmaker After N15m ransom

By Cajetan Mmuta, Awka
Gunmen again have kidnapped and beheaded a former member of Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon. Nelson Achukwu.

Hon. Achukwu, who is physically challenged, was reported to have been found beheaded after the family paid a ransom of about N15m to his abductors.

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The victim, a lawyer, (2003-2007) who hails from Ukpo, in the Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State, was kidnapped from his home in Ukpor on June 9th, 2022.

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The incident came less than one month after the lawmaker representing Aguata constituency 2, which is Governor Soludo’s constituency at the state Assembly, Okechukwu Okoye, was abducted and beheaded in similar circumstances by unknown gunmen.

It was learnt that the headless body of Achukwu was found by his relatives between the boundary of Uke and Ukpor about two weeks after his abduction.

It was further learnt that the deceased ex-lawmaker was quickly buried by the family on June 21, 2022, as his body was already decomposing.

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According to the source, “We couldn’t believe he would be killed after they paid the N15m ransom requested by his abductors, despite his physically challenged condition.”

The Police Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, confirmed the incident.

He said, investigation was ongoing to ensure culprits were arrested and prosecuted.

Ikenga said, “The victim was abducted at about 10:15pm in his house on 9th of June and efforts were been made to rescue him before this unfortunate development. His body was found between the boundary of Uke and Ukpor.We are still not relenting on our investigation as we will ensure that the culprits will face the law.”

 

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