A prominent businessman in Amaraku community in the Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, identified as Odinaka Uzoeshi, was in the early hours of Friday kidnapped by some gunmen..
According to Punch, Uzoeshi was abducted in his residence at about 1:45 am.
Confirming the kidnap, the Commander, Imo security Network for Okigwe Zone, Uzondu Kaka, said the suspected abductors, who came on a motorcycle, whisked their victim away in his car.
Kaka said when the hoodlums arrived the residence of their target, they shot sporadically into the air to scare neighbours away before whisking him away.
The security expert stated that the strategy deployed by the fleeing gunmen made it impossible for security men and people within to understand they were around for a criminal mission.
The spokesperson for the police in the state, Andrew Enwerem, who confirmed the abduction, said the gunmen were three in number.
Enwerem said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Chris Ezike, had ordered the immediate manhunt for the gangsters and the release of the victim.
Meanwhile, Ezike has called for the assistance of other security agencies in the fight against kidnapping, cultism, armed robbery and other criminal activities in the state.
Addressing newsmen after visiting the authorities of the Department of State Services, Ezike said collaboration among the security agencies would help to reduce the crime rate in the state.
“The police need more robust synergy among security agencies in the state to stem the tide of criminal activities. The relationship among sister security agencies in fighting crimes is an age-long tradition.”