By Austin Ogwuda
ASABA—THE owner of Obilinks Petroleum in Asaba, Maxwell Obiajulu, kidnapped about a month ago, has been found dead in a decomposing state at the kidnappers’ den.
He was abducted at about 7.30pm on the fateful day at his petrol filling station located on Asaba-Benin highway, adjacent to Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Asaba office.
State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr Charles Muka, confirmed this, weekend, saying that two persons have been arrested following their telephone conversations with the man’s widow.
His decomposing body was found in a hideout inside the bush off Ibusa Road. The kidnappers had fled the camp before the arrival of police working on a tip off.
An eye witness told our reporter, that the kidnappers must have been using the place as a camp, following the discovery of empty ‘Ghana must go’ bags and sachets of pure water, suggestive that they might have been sharing money collected from victims there.
PPRO, however, declined to say whether the N70m ransom demanded by the kidnappers was eventually collected or not.
PPRO Muka had earlier told our reporter few days after the kidnap, that “the kidnappers demanded N70 million through the wife on October 7, and have since then refused calling the family and have switched off the phone”.
He added that “the kidnappers, who fired sporadically to scare away people and prevent resistance, shot the victim on the leg before taking him away.”