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Kidnapped ex-lawmaker killed in Imo…after family pays N5m ransom

OWERRI—The corpse of a two-time lawmaker and former majority leader of Imo State House of Assembly, Mr. Dan Nwagwu, who was kidnapped last January, has been dumped along the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway.

This sordid tale came barely seven days after the lifeless body of an Oguta-born hotelier, Mr. Emeka Aseme, was similarly dumped at Umunoha by his abductors and eventual killers.

Vanguard investigations revealed that while the relations of Aseme doled out about N2.5 million as ransom to save their bread winner, the Nwagwu family coughed out about N5 million.

In the two instances, nothing was heard from the kidnappers after collecting the ransom until the corpses of the victims were dumped.

Vanguard recalls that the former lawmaker, a native of Umungwa, Obowo local council area of ImoState, was kidnapped in his Umuahia, AbiaState base, by a yet-to-be identified group.

Some citizens, who spoke to Vanguard on condition of anonymity, were affirmed that the security situation in ImoState was getting out of hand.

“The issue is no longer that people are being kidnapped by hoodlums. We are worried that we get kidnapped, pay the demanded ransom and yet get killed. This is what makes the whole thing messier”, a man lamented.

Answering another question, the man said the list of those killed by their abductors is getting longer by the day and pleaded with government and the security agencies to help salvage the situation.



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