By Vinceny Ujumadu
AWKA — THE Anambra State–born managing director of Juhel Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plc, Dr. Ifeanyi Okoye, was reportedly kidnapped Thrusday in Okigwe, Imo State, two months after his mother was kidnapped at his Agulu home in Anambra State.
The business mogul, whose company was among projects commissioned by President Goodluck Jonathan during his recent visit to Anambra State, was said to be heading to Owerri airport for a trip to Abuja when he was abducted.
Governor Peter Obi who received the news of the kidnap in the morning, yesterday, described it as embarrassing, especially when the issue of abduction had reduced considerably in the state.
A statement by the governor said: “A few minutes ago, news of the kidnap of Dr. Ifeanyi Okoye, the Chief Executive Officer of Juhel Pharmaceutical Company Limited at Okigwe, Imo State, filtered into government circles.
This, to say the least, is a most embarrassing and horrendous act. It is worrisome that in spite of the far-reaching steps taken by various state governments and the Federal Government, including the drafting of soldiers to hot spots of the nefarious activity, some people still embark on this most criminal act.
“The kidnap is unfortunate. Though it took place in Okigwe, Imo State, the fact remains that kidnapping, no matter where it takes place or who is the victim, is bad and condemnable.
“We call on the kidnappers to realise that Dr. Okoye is one of the highest employers of labour and if, as some people hold unemployment as the cause of kidnapping, then it is bad to kidnap a person who creates employment.”
When the news filtered into Awka, his newly commissioned multi–million naira manufacturing company was thrown into confusion as there was an abrupt stoppage of production by the workers who gathered in groups to discuss the incident.
Some of the workers approached, however, declined to comment on the incident, saying they did not have any information to give.