By; Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Anambra),
The foreign contractor kidnapped at Otu-Ocha axis, a community in Anambra West on the 26th march 2018 by unknown men has been released.
This was disclosed to members of the Anambra House of Assembly members by Hon. Victor Jidefor Okoye, who also doubles as the Majority Leader of the House.
It would be recalled that the member representing Anambra West Constituency at the State House of Assembly, Hon. Victor Jidefor Okoye, on Tuesday 27th March, 2018, brought to the notice of the Honourable Members at plenary of the kidnapping of a foreign contractor and the killing of a police man. At the plenary, he had called on the Inspector General of Police and the Anambra State Commissioner of Police to rise to the occasion and ensure the release of the contractor and bring the culprits to book.
Hon. Victor Jidefor Okoye, the Majority Leader of the Anambra State House of Assembly said, “The contractor has been released and I am happy to inform you that no ransom was paid for his release. I want to commend the effort of the vigilante group of the community and the security men on the ground for the part they played for his release”.
The Majority Leader who expressed surprise at the action of the construction company, that they were moving their equipment out of site despite the release said, “And to my surprise the company has started relocating their equipment out of the site. All my efforts to reach their boss proved abortive as his phone was switched off. Although when I called him before the Easter holiday he had promised to return to site immediately after the Easter holiday”.
“I had a meeting with the vigilante group before the Easter holiday and we all agreed that they will partner with the company by providing additional security. In which I thanked them and urged them to go further by fishing out the kidnappers to avoid a reoccurrence. So now I don't know why they are moving out”.
“Like I said earlier, no ransom was paid. The pressure from the security men on ground was much so they released him. Residents of the community have expressed surprise that despite the release of the expatriate, work has not commenced at the site”, Hon. Victor Okoye further stated.