Family raises alarm over missing political activist’s ex-wife in Awka

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By O’starEze

Odoh family of IfiteAwka village in Awka, Anambra state has raised alarm following the alleged abduction of Mrs Nkiruka Mirabelle ObioraOdoh, wife to a political activist, Chief Chuks Kenny.

According to her brother, ChinemereObioraOdoh, Nkiruka, was a trader who, though separated from her husband, kept a cordial relationship with him. He said he noticed that she was missing when he could not reach her on phone on Monday.

He added that, though there were allegations of abduction, no one had called members of their family asking for ransom. Alleging that the kidnap might be associated with Nkiruka’s former husband’s activities as a political activist, Chinemere pleaded with anybody with useful information that could lead to her rescue to report to the nearest police station.

An eye witness who spoke to Orient Daily on the basis of anonymity, said Mrs Odoh was kidnapped on Friday, August 17, near Second Market, Ifite area of the town.

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The source said, “On Friday 17th August around 7:36pm, within the Second Market, Ifite axis, I was in front of my compound drinking beer when suddenly I saw a black SUV park. Initially, I didn’t give much attention to that as I only thought it was one of the guys that come to visiting my female co-tenant.

“However, two men alighted from the car and went into the compound. Then few seconds, I heard gun shots and saw the lady dragged into the waiting jeep. I had to scamper away to safety”

Another eyewitness who identified herself as Ola and a student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, said: “My brother, it’s really unfortunate that, these days, we sleep with one eye closed. I believe the action was politically motivated because the husband is known to be a vocal activist.”

“For two days now, we have not heard any information about her but rumours we are hearing is that the family is working with the security agencies to make sure her release is secured, she added.

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Confirming the incident, Chief Kenny told Orient Daily that he would not want to make any comments on the matter till his ex-wife is found.

When the Anambra state police public relations officer, SP Haruna Mohammed was reached on the matter he said he reached the Divisional Police Officer on the matter and was told that no official complaint had been made at the police station.

In his words, “I have spoken to the DPO ‘B’ Division and he confirmed that no official report was made on this matter; so, we are not aware of it.”

He, therefore, enjoined the family involved to report formally to the police station.

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