ByÂ Vincent Ujumadu
Awka – KIDNAPPERS of Chief Godwin Okeke, an Onitsha-based transport magnate and Chairman / Chief Executive Officer of G.U.O Group of Companies have reportedly demanded N500 million as ransom for his release.
Chief Okeke, who was former president -general of Onitsha Markets Amalgamated Traders Association (OMATA), was abducted by gunmen on Sunday in front of All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha where he attended a church service.
It was gathered yesterday, that his family established contactsÂ with the kidnappers, who insisted on gettingÂ N500m as a condition for the release of the business mogul.
The source said that the family has been making overtures to the kidnappers to bring down the ransom, but they have remained adamant, insisting that nothing would be removed from the amount.
Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Uzor Amakulor, who also confirmed the demand, said that the Police in the state have not had any breakthrough in its effort to secure the release of Chief Okeke, adding however, that efforts were still being intensified to secure his release.