Please release our chairman, Abia APC begs abductors
* We are investigating – Police
By Steve Oko
The Abia State chapter of the All Progressive Congress, APC, has appealed to the abductors of the state Chairman, Hon. Donatus Nwankpa, to release him.
Nwankpa was reportedly abducted Monday night along Arungwa axis of the Enugu -Port Harcourt Express way by unknown gun men on his way to Aba to put finishing touches to the preparations ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit.
The incident according to APC occurred around 11:00pm.
He was kidnapped along with his Personal Assistant simply identified as Chigbu who was later released apparently on health grounds but after he was allegedly manhandled by the abductors.
Briefing newsmen Thursday at the party’s office in Umuahia, the state Publicity Secretary, Mr. Benedict Godson, said the party was worried about the condition of the abducted Chairman .
Godson who was flanked by other members of the State Working Committee, said there had been no contact with the abductors since the incident occurred .
He therefore, appealed to the abductors to free the Chairman.
The APC Spokesman said the party was not suspecting any person for the abduction but only interested in his return .
He also said he did not think the abduction had any political undertones.
Asked if any official complaint had been made to the security agencies, the APC Spokesperson tactfully did not refuse to affirm or decline.
When also asked if the abducted Chairman had no security aide attached to him he said he was so engrossed with activities ahead of the President’s visit that he had to operate without security due to exigencies.
He explained that probably because of the pressure of work on the Chairman over the President’s visit he had to travel without his security aides.
Godson, however, expressed faith that the abducted Chairman would return unhurt.
“We believe that he is safe and will soon return “,he said.
Meanwhile, when contacted the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Geofrey Ogbonna, said police were investigating the incident.
” Police are on top of the matter ; we are investigating it “, he said.
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