By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKAâ€”IT was an Independence day celebration with mixed feelings for the family of the Nnewi based businessman, Chief Pius Ogbuawa as his one year and six month old baby boy, Chisom Ogbuawa, kidnapped on Wednesday night at his house in Nnewi, was rescued and handed over to him yesterday by the Anambra State police command in Awka.
The kidnappers, who were actually suspected to be hired assassins, had soon after the kidnap of the boy, demanded N150 million ransoms from Ogbuawa, otherwise they would kill the boy and still come after him.
The rescue operation was led by the assistant commissioner of police in charge of CID at the state police command, Mr. Mike Okoli who located a house at Agulu in Anaocha Local Government area where the suspected assassins handed the owner of the house, the boy and indeed informed him that the child belonged to Ogbuawa. It was not clear if it was the man that contacted the police who came to the place and rescued the boy.
Ogbuawa had told reporters that the gang actually came to assassinate him, adding that when they could not find him in the house, they snatched his only son, Chisom from his house help who was carrying him at the time.
â€œI was sitting in my house with the man who trained me in business, Pastor Ebenezer Nzebunachi , at about 8.00 pm. It was then somebody brought an Nnewi-based tabloid which published a story about me concerning the onâ€“going legal matter with another businessman, Innoson. Nzebunachi later left and while he was still at the gate, we heard the sound of a gun in the compound and when I looked out, I saw one person with AK 47 running to one side of the house.
My wife immediately asked me to hide somewhere and from where I hid, I could hear the intruderâ€™s discussion with my house girl, Ndidi.”
He said that less than one hour after they left his house, they telephoned his wife and demanded for N150 million ransom which must be brought to them that night, adding that when she told them her husband did not have that kind of money, they said the man was stubborn and that he should be prepared to die.