Mr Justice Azunda, a protocol officer to the immediate past Chief of Staff, Rivers State Government House, Chief Emeka Woke, has been kidnapped.
NIGERIACRIME gathered that Azunda was having a meeting with some people in Isiodu community when the gunmen invaded the venue and shot sporadically to scare people away.
The Chairman of Emuoha Local Government Area, Dr Chidi Lloyd, who confirmed the abduction, added that a suspected kidnapper who had earlier being declared wanted was responsible for the kidnap.
Dr Lloyd stated, “In what I describe as a very sad incident yesterday (Sunday) afternoon. Wordi and his gang invaded Isiodu community where Justice Azunda and some other persons were holding a meeting and they shot sporadically into the meeting.
“In the ensuing melee, Mr Justice Azunda was abducted.”
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He charged members of a local vigilante group called Emuoha Local Government Vigilante Service to assist the security agencies and ensure the victim’s early release.
He said, “Members of the Emuoha Vigilante are up and doing in recent times. They have been in the bush. I have charged them once again to ensure that Mr Justice Azunda is released unscattered.”
The Emuoha council boss announced a N2 million bounty on Wordi in a bid to apprehend him, even as he ordered an immediate ban on motorcycle operations in the area.
“I also want to use this opportunity to say that the bounty on Wordi has been increased from N1 million to N2 million on anybody who has any useful information on the whereabouts of Wordi.
“I want to painfully announce the ban on the movement of motorcycles in the local government from 6 pm to 6 pm.
“The ban will come into force from June 5, 2023. I know the hardship that this will cause on the people,” Dr Lloyd said.