By Enyim Enyim
ONITSHAâ€”The Director of Pharmaceutical Services in Awka, Sir Gozie Anyachebelu has been kidnapped by unidentified men in front of his house, last Friday night.
Anyachebelu was said to be going to his house at Ifite road, Awka,Â from St. Paulâ€™s church at about 7pm, when a blue Mercedes Benz 200 overtook him with one of the occupants pointing a gun at him, which forced him to stop.
A reliable source told Vanguard, that the director was forced into the back seat of the kidnappers car. His mouth tied with a piece of cloth so that he would not shout, while his eyes were covered also covered with cloth, as they drove through the town.
The source said Anyachebelu was kidnapped Friday night, adding that efforts were being made to secure his release from the kidnappers.
It was gathered that the Directorâ€™s kidnap may not be unconnected with the recent campaign launched against fake drug dealers and unlicensed patent medicine dealers by his office two weeks ago.
The sole responsibility of the pharmaceutical services in the state is to check pharmacies and chemists that sell fake drugs and those that were not licensed to sell drugs.
Efforts to reach the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Emeka Chukwuemeka failed at press time.
Similarly, one Anthony Ogbuagwu, a trader in the drugÂ market, Onitsha was kidnapped on Monday night at Fegge, Onitsha South Local Government Area of the state.
Though the PPRO, Mr Chukwuemeka confirmed the kidnap of Ogbuagwu, he said he has not received any official report from the relations.