Kidnappers appear to have staged a come-back in Imo State after about one month break.
On Friday, June 23, 2013 the hoodlums struck at Ubomiri in Mbaitoli Local Government Council at night and abducted two prominent members of the community – a Lagos-based retired bank director and an Owerri-based contractor, who is also a choirmaster at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri.
Reports said that the choirmaster had gone to the Ubomiri residence of the former bank director, who is his brother-in-law when they were kidnapped. Both of them hail from Umuabali Ubomiri.
The Imo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Joy Elemoko Ugo confirmed the incident saying that the police are on top of the situation.
Meanwhile, the Administrator of Assumpta Cathedral Parish Owerri, Rev. Fr. Andrew Nkwocha has called on parishioners to pray for the safety and quick release of the choirmaster and his colleague. Fr. Nkwocha who broke the news on Sunday appealed to those holding the two men to release them unconditionally.
Incidents of kidnapping and armed robbery had reduced in the state shortly after Mr. Mohammed Katsina assumed office as Police Commissioner early this year.