By Vincent Ujumaju, Awka
IT was a terrible sight at the popular Borromew Hospital roundabout in Onitsha when a five –man suspected kidnap gang shot and killed Chisom, a 16- year old daughter of the former member of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Chief Anthony Ezechi Nwoye while attempting to kidnap his wife, Mrs. Vero Nwoye, a Pharmacist. Chief Nwoye represented Idemili North in the immediate past House of Assembly.
Mrs. Nwoye and her daughter, Chisom, a Senior Secondary, SS11, student of Mercy Girls Secondary School, Umuoji, left her Pharmacy shop located at No 6 Obosi street, Nkpor and were driving home in her Mercedes Benz 190 with registration number BR 439 LSD when the suspected kidnappers blocked their car at the All Hallows Seminary junction beside Zik’s home in Onitsha and pulled her out of her car and dragged her into their own.
Apparently realizing that the young lady sitting beside her might live to tell the story, one of the hoodlums turned back and shot her on the chest and she died on the spot.
Honourable Nwoye, who narrated the incident to Saturday Vanguard said: “My wife, seeing the condition of her daughter, refused to enter their car as she fell down and sobbed uncontrollably thereby attracting the attention of many people to the scene. Angered by what my wife did, they also shot her on the leg and after about 15 minutes of struggle with the kidnappers, they left her and drove away in their car.”
According to him, the kidnappers were armed with AK47 rifles, adding that people watched while the operation went on.
He said that her daughter was rushed to a private hospital where she was confirmed dead, adding that he later made a report to the Inland Town Police Station in Onitsha before the police allowed him to carry the body which he deposited at the Borromew Hospital mortuary in Onitsha.
The former lawmaker said it was the second time kidnappers attempted to abduct his wife, recalling that on December 27 last year, the hoodlums trailed her as she left her shop and at the same spot, tried to kidnap her, but she jumped out of their vehicle and ran away.
Police public relations officer, Mr. Emeka Chukwuemeka however told Saturday Vanguard that the incident had not been formally reported to his office.