Chinenye Iwuoha a female OAP with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria’s, Pacesetter FM, has been kidnapped by armed gunmen.
It was learnt that the incident occured near the popular Amakanma Estate in the Umuahia South Local Government Area of the state around 7pm on Monday.
A source at the radio station said the gunmen followed the victim, who left the premises in a Hilux van in company with the station’s General Manager, Uche Ndukwu, and other workers.
The source said the armed gunmen trailed the FRCN employees on a motorcycle and a Toyota Sienna without being noticed.
It was gathered that the armed gunmen shot the driver of the vehicle conveying the general manager and the other employees before abducting Iwuoha.
The source said, “Those in the car were Chinenye Iwuoha; the GM, Mr Uche Ndukwu; the driver, Kingsley Onyeokuche; and another member of staff, Nnamdi Egwuagu.
“The well-armed gunmen probably thought that Chinenye was the GM as she sat in the back, while Ndukwu sat in front with the driver.
“They were shouting: ‘Who is the GM’? When they got to the van, they shot the driver in the stomach and whisked Iwuoha away in their vehicle.
“The gunmen also made away with the valuables of the GM and other staff members, including their laptops.”
The driver, Onyeokuche, was said to have been rushed to an undisclosed hospital, where doctors battled all night to save his life due to massive loss of blood.
The source said the kidnappers had made contact with the station and were demanding N20m as ransom for the release of the presenter.
Janet Agbede the Commissioner of Police in the state, told our correspondent on the telephone that the incident had yet to be officially reported to the command. Read here
She urged members of the public to report any development in their domains to the police on time.