Tension as gunmen kidnap Onitsha market leader

Tension as gunmen kidnap Onitsha market leader

Chairman of Mgbuka Amazu market, Onitsha, Anambra State, Chief Enibe Francis has reportedly been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen.

The victim was said to have been abducted in the early hours of Monday, after opening the market as directed by Governor Chukwuma Soludo.

The governor had weeks ago, directed market leaders in the state to open their markets on Mondays, including observing prayer sessions and cleaning the markets and surrounding drainages.

According to market sources, the victim was beaten to stupor and dumped into a waiting vehicle before being whisked away to an unkwown destination.

President of Anambra State Markets Amalgamated Traders Association (ASMATA), Chief Humphrey Anuna, while confirming the incident, said he has been briefed, adding that efforts were on to establish contact with the abductee.

“Francis was said to have been whisked away when about five full armed men stormed his shop and shooting indiscriminately into the air, beat him to stupor and dumped him into guns he boot of their SUV vehicle,” he said.

When contacted, Police spokesperson, Tochukwu Ikenga said the situation was being monitored.

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