BY PETER OKUTU
The elder brother of the wife of the former governor of Ebonyi State, Hon. Kennedy Ogba, was, at the weekend, kidnapped by four gunmen at his Nsuruakpa residence in Ohaukwu local government area.
The victim was seized around 5pm after attending a burial in his community.
Ogba, who is the immediate elder brother to Mrs Eunice Ukamaka Egwu, was member, representing Ohaukwu South in the state House of Assembly (2003-2007) and former Chairman of Ohaukwu LGA.
A source close to the family told Sunday Vanguard some members passed the kidnappers at the gate of the family compound, when they were returning from the burial, but never suspected that they (kidnappers) were trailing them for the purpose of kidnapping Ogba.
He explained that the kidnappers entered the compound in a civil manner, accosted their victim when he was about entering his house and, before anybody could realize what was happening, they (kidnappers) took their victim and made away with family members cell phones so that they would not immediately make any contacts.
Meanwhile, the Chairman, Ohaukwu local government, Mrs Chinyere Elom, who confirmed the incident, disclosed that the police were helping them to track down the kidnappers.
She stated that the kidnappers had established contact with the family with an unknown number, adding that the victim’s number had remained switched off since after the kidnap.
However, when contacted, the Eboyi State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Chris Anyanwu, said he had not received official report about the incident, saying “as soon as I get it, I will brief you.”