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By Eric Ugbor
ABA â€” ABDUCTORS of the former Action Congress, AC, councillor, who represented Akwette ward in Ukwa East CouncilÂ of Abia State, Omen Olujie, younger brother to the Secretary ofÂ Abia State Independent Electoral Commission, ABSIEC, have demanded a N20 million ransom before tomorrow or he will be killed.
A reliable source close to the family told Vanguard in Aba that the suspected kidnappers, after keeping their victim for days, have finally called demanding that the ransom should be made available at an undisclosed location within Abia-South Senatorial Zone.
Olujie was kidnapped last weekend in Ukwa East Local Government Area of Abia State after the hoodlums had shot dead two policemen and a civilian.
Olujie was said to be returning from a meeting of the party at about 12 noon when he received several phone calls from unknown persons unaware that he was being trailed.
The family source explained that prior to Olujieâ€™s abduction, he had been receiving several phone calls from people who claimed to be politicians pledging to support his next political ambition.
The source said â€œsince Olujie declared his intention to contest for the 2011 House of Assembly election under AC platform, several threatening calls have been put across to him by unknown persons.
â€œHis kidnap has political undertone and we are sure that his incarceration is targeted at whittling him downÂ his political ambition.
â€œWe are not unaware that since our brother decided to contest the next House of Assembly election, many people eyeing the same position have become jittery.
â€œYou know that he belongs to the opposition party in the state fromÂ where he won the last councillorship election.
â€œThey want to stop him because they know he is popular and projecting his party, AC, in the area and the entire state.â€