Gunmen kidnap transporter’s younger brother in Anambra State

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Mr Daniel Okeke, the younger brother to an Onitsha transporter, Chief G. U. Okeke, was yesterday kidnapped in Onitsha, Anambra State.

Okeke was allegedly kidnapped by gunmen about 7am in front of his home on Amobi Street, Odoakpu area of the town.

An eyewitness said the five kidnappers arrived the place in a white Mitsubishi bus and went straight for their victim, who lives at the junction between Amobi Street and Modebe Avenue, where they reportedly met and whisked him away in their bus.

A source said Okeke just woke up and was preparing for the day’s business when the abductors seized him.

The suspected abductors’ bus was allegedly spotted at Ugwunabamkpa, Onitsha, where they were said to have attempted to snatch another vehicle and probably dump theirs to avoid easy identification.

Police spokesman Emeka Chukwuemeka, who confirmed the incident, said he had not received official information from Onitsha on the matter.

Chukwuemeka added that the police command had mobilised its men to track down the kidnappers and release the victim.

Chief Okeke told reporters on phone that he did not know why the kidnappers targeted his younger brother and what exactly they wanted.

The transporter said he was concerned about his brother’s safety, adding that the abductors had not contacted the family.

Chief Okeke was two years ago kidnapped by gunmen but was later released.

He assisted police in arresting the suspects.

The matter has led to a legal battle with accusations and counter-accusations between both sides.

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