Abakalikiâ€”In spite of the passage of a law prescribing death penalty for kidnapping in Ebonyi State, there has been an upsurge in the criminal activity.
A seven-year-old nursery school pupil, son of a banker was kidnapped in Abakaliki on Wednesday.
An eye-witness, who preferred anonymity, told newsmen that the kidnappers, numbering three visited the bankerâ€™s residence,Â demanding to see one Ifeanyi, the younger brother of the banker.
The eye-witness said the unsuspecting house-help went into the house to inform her madam of the presence of the visitors, adding that she innocently asked the house-help to allow them in.
â€œHowever, this action proved a terrible mistake as the kidnappers pulled out their guns and ordered the woman to hand over her handset and all the money in the house. As the hoodlums were about to leave the house, they saw a small boy climbing the staircase and grabbed him, ordering the woman to surrender the keys to her car to themâ€.
The source said they drove off in her Mercedes 190 car, taking the boy with them.
Contacted, Mr Chris Anyanwu, the Police Public Relations Officer in Ebonyi, confirmed the incident, saying the car was later abandoned by the kidnappers on the Enugu-Abakaliki Road.
The police spokesman said that he was not aware if the kidnappers had contacted the family to demand for ransom.
It will be recalled that on October 13, Governor Martin Elechi signed into law, a bill, which provides death penalty for kidnapping and hostage taking.