An alleged attempt to field a suspected kidnapper as a chairmanship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in one of the local governments during the forthcoming council elections in Enugu State has heightened tension in Nsukka area of the state.
The chairmanship aspirant who is among about 18 others, was among four suspects that allegedly attempted to kidnap the branch manager of Bank PHB, Mr. Kelvin Ezeja, at Nsukka in August, 2009.
Suspects indicted by police investigation in the matter were charged before an Nsukka Magistrate Court in Charge No. MEN/03C/2010.
The accused persons were said to have on or about August 21, 2009, at Nsukka planned among themselves to abduct the said Mr Ezeja, contrary to section 494 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 30 Vol. II, Revised Laws of Enugu State of Nigeria, 2004.
The accused suspects were alleged to have demanded N30,000 from Ezeja through MTN scratch cards with a threat to kill him if the request was not complied with, an offence that was contrary to the relevant laws of the state.
Meanwhile, reports said that some groups in Igbo-Eze North local government clashed on account of the controversy surrounding the pending trial of the suspect (names withheld) Thursday.
It was learnt that those opposed to the suspect’s recent selection as the council’s PDP Chairmanship candidate for the December 10 election expressed fears that the case could jeopardize the party’s chances at the polls while supporters of the suspect tried to stop the formers’ demonstration.