ByÂ Tony EDIKE
SUSPECTED kidnappers Thursday night abducted Chief Albert Ezenwafor, Managing Director ofÂ Â Albertina Nigeria Limited, a major dealer of Electronics and Furniture in Enugu and took him to unknown destination
Saturday Vanguard learnt yesterday that the popular Enugu-based Anambra businessman, was kidnapped by a group of young men who double-crossed his car while returning to his house at Independence Layout, Enugu at about 7.30 pm Thursday.
He was said to be returning from his office at Zik Avenue in Uwani area of the coal city when the assailants who had laid an ambush near his house halted his car and immediately whisked him away at gunpoint.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the incident to Saturday Vanguard yesterday said immediately the police command was alerted of the abduction of the businessman, all police patrol teams and officers on checkpoints within the capital city and the exit routes were placed on alert.
He said that the search conducted throughout the night for the victim and his abductors could not lead to their arrest, adding that there has not been any reasonable clue regarding their whereabouts.
The police spokesman said that police detectives were already in touch with members ofÂ Â Ezenwaforâ€™s family to seek possible means of getting to the root of the matter.
By press time yesterday, Vanguard learnt that the kidnappers have not contacted the wealthy businessmanâ€™s family to demand for ransom. At his Zik Avenue corporate headquarter, his workers refused to comment on the issue.
Kidnapping for ransom which has become a major security problem in the South East zone, has taken a new turn as both the wealthy and the poor are now targeted by young men whose primary motive is to extort money from the victims and their relatives.
Police sources said hardly a day passes within the last three months without a case of kidnapping being reported to the police in various divisions and commands in the South East, and security operatives appear to be losing the battle against these men of the underworld owing to their modus operandi which has made arrest very difficult.