The Anambra State Police Command has confirmed the killing and beheading of a former member of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Mr Nelson Achukwu, by gunmen.
Achukwu represented Nnewi South II between 2003 and 2007 during the reign of Dr. Chris Ngige as governor of Anambra.
The incident occurred barely a month after one Okechukwu Okoye representing Aguata Constituency II was kidnapped and later found beheaded in the Nnobi area alongside his aide.
DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, the command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), said on Tuesday in Awka that Achukwu’s body was found at the boundary of the Uke and Ukpor communities.
“The victim was abducted at about 10:15 pm in his house on June 9, 2022, and efforts were being made to rescue him before this unfortunate development.
“His body was found between the boundary of Uke and Ukpor communities both in Anambra.
“We are still nosing around to ensure that the culprits are uncovered and made to face the full wrath of the law,” he said.
He expressed regret that the former Assemblyman was kidnapped in his country home Ukpor, Nnewi South local government area, in spite of being physically challenged.
“His decapitated body was found at the bank of Ulasi River and was quickly buried by the family on Tuesday, June 21, evening as the body was already decomposing,” Ikenga said.
A source close to the family said that kidnappers collected N15 million ransom and went ahead to kill their victim.
“The deceased lawmaker was kidnapped few months ago and later released before the June 9 incident,” the source who preferred anonymity added.
Achukwu was the owner of Nelly Oil and Gas filling station located on Onuselogu road, Utuh in the Nnewi South area.
In another development, police operatives in Enugu State have rescued seven abducted persons unhurt in a forest at Okpatu community in Udi Local Government Area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, made the disclosure in a statement on Wednesday in Enugu.
According to him, police operatives under the Police Command in Enugu State achieved the feat in the early hours of Tuesday, June 21.
Ndukwe said the Forest Guard and Neighborhood Watch personnel, assisted the police in the rescue operation.
“The seven persons included a couple, alleged to have been abducted by unidentified armed men while they went to pray at one “Mount Calvary” located in a forest at Awhum community of the same Udi LGA.
“They were abducted on June 19 at about 6.30p.m while praying,” he said.
The police spokesman said that security surveillance had been mounted in the area.
“The Command has launched a discreet investigation to fish out the perpetrators,” he said.