Violent crimes and other forms of insecurity are still playing prominent roles in the Southeastern state of Imo despite several efforts to curb the rising insecurity by the APC -led state government. Last week, a native of Amiyi-Akah Autonomous Community in Njaba LGA was released by kidnappers after paying a huge sum of money to his abductors. Also last week, on Saturday July 16, two persons were killed during an attack by unidentified gunmen.
According to the sources Umuaka Times gathered, trouble started when gun men invaded a burial ceremony in the state, precisely in Atta, Ikeduru Local Government Area of the state and shot a man in the presence of his wife and children. The moment the shooting was done, the gunmen fled from the event. It is still not clear if the man was a victim of hired killers or a kidnapping attempt that went wrong.
Another part of the state that witnessed violence last week was Amaraku, in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of the same Imo State. Sources claimed that when the tragic event occurred, nobody could establish the identity of the victim who died on the spot after sustaining severe gunshot injuries.
These killings occurred in less than 24 hours after gunmen kidnapped an employee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), simply identified as Engineer Kingsley Okoroafor. The kidnap attempt was said to be successful as the kidnappers have already sent messages to the family of their victim, demanding the sum of N10million before the abductee would be released. It is believed that the abductee is still alive as the demand for ransom was still on top gear as at press time last week. Engineer Kingsley was said to have been kidnapped from his residence in Umulogho, Obowo LGA Imo State.
From Umuaka Times investigations, the killings and abductions taking place in Imo State are coming in less than one month when three persons were killed and two other persons sustained several gunshot injuries while being attacked by unknown gunmen in Umuebele in Okporo Orlu Local Government of the state.