Ex-Council Chair begs gunmen to release bizman Chukwujekwu


Just for illustration: An abducted victim

By Chimezie Anaso

Chief Romanus Okoli, former chairman of Nnewi-South Local Government Area, Anambra, has appealed to the abductors of Mr Uzozie Chukwujekwu, to release him.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Okoli begged the gunmen to free Chukwujekwu so that he can take care of his son who was shot in the process of his abduction.

Chukwujekwu was abducted by yet-to-be-identified persons who stormed his Ukpor home in the early hours of Saturday and shot his only son in the process.

According to Okoli, the victim who is a businessman and farmer, is a good man who would not hurt a fly.

He said the victim, who worked with him as a Special Adviser when he was a council chairman back in 2002, is a bosom friend who had been contributing selflessly to the development of Ukpor.

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According to him, Chukwujekwu is currently the vice president of the Ukpor Improvement Union (UIU), a Central body and a Community Leader.

“Uzozie Chukwujekwu is a very amiable person who cannot hurt a fly. He is a committed member and a pillar of St Andrews Anglican Church, Umuohama, Ukpor, where his wife is the Women’s Guild President,” he said.

“Just like any other average Nigerian, Uzozie is a struggler. He was a teacher before venturing into petty business, he travels between Ukpor and Nnobi every day just to put food on the family table

“He is a farmer who sells agro products but more importantly, he is serving humanity.

DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra, who confirmed the abduction of Chukwujekwu said a manhunt had been launched to rescue the victim.


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