By VINCENT UJUMADU
AWKA- THE traditional ruler of Adazi Nnukwu in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State, Igwe Lawrence Oragwu, kidnapped on June 2, on his way to a church service, is still missing.
Meanwhile, the community has embarked on fasting and prayers, for his abductors to set him free.
Oragwu had, on that fateful day, left with his driver for morning Mass at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Adazi. Since there was no service there, he went to the nearby Madonna Catholic Church, Agulu, where there was no service either.
On his way home, some unknown persons were said to have blocked his car at the church’s gate. They beat up his driver and thereafter pushed him out of the car.
The bandits drove away the traditional ruler in his car and since then neither he nor his car had been traced.
When the information reached the community, the people waited for the abductors to name their ransom, but nothing has been heard till date.
His son, a lawyer, has petitioned the police to help find his father, but the police have not got any clue. The member, representing Anaocha 1 constituency in the state House of Assembly, Mr. Ejiofor Ebele, who is from the community, told Vanguard, weekend, that his people were worried as they have been wondering if their traditional ruler was alive.
He said: “Despite all efforts to find the traditional ruler, nothing has been heard, making us to wonder if it was ordinary kidnapping. My appeal to the police is to assist us in finding our traditional ruler who is not a controversial person.”
President-General of the town union, Chief Ben Enemuo, who also spoke to Vanguard, described the incident as a very big challenge to his people, adding that the community had sent several delegations to the police, but have not got a positive answer.