By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI-Fear has gripped members of Imo State House of Assembly,Â following incessant attempts by hoodlums operating in the state to either kidnap or eliminate them.
Only last week,Â the member representing Obowo state constituency, Chief Celestine Ngobiwu, was kidnapped a second time since 2007 when he became a lawmaker, while his police orderly was shot and killed during the operation.
Ngobiwu had suffered the same fate last year as he was picked up by his abductors and was only released when his family parted with an undisclosed sum of money.
As at the last count, the Speakers children and that of the member representing Isiala Mbano, Chief Simeon Iwunze, were at various times and places kidnapped by hoodlums.
Similarly, there were unsuccessful attempts on the lives of the members representing Owerri North and Ikeduru in the Assembly, Nze Raymond Emeana and Chief Sam Daddy Anyanwu respectively.
The most bizarre attempt was that on Chief Anyanwu, whose alleged kidnapper or assassin faked a Catholic priest and wore a cassock.
Vanguard gathered that the lawmakerâ€™s aides were suspicious on how a supposed Catholic priest would rideÂ on a commercial motorcycle and this necessitated interrogation and search before the real intention of the intruder was discovered.
A source told out Correspondent that the son of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport, Mr. Emenike Ihekwoaba, was kidnapped.
The Medical Director of Saint Davidâ€™s Hospital, Owerri, was waylaid at Amaraku, Isiala Mbano Local Government Area and kidnapped by hoodlums thatÂ allegedly trailed him, another source said .