Gunmen kidnap Labour Party Ebonyi senatorial candidate

Gunmen, on Sunday, kidnapped the Labour Party senatorial candidate for the Ebonyi South Zone, Linus Okorie.


It was gathered that Okorie, who arrived in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, from Abuja on Saturday, was to meet with his supporters on Sunday in the Onicha Local Government Area of the state.


He was said to have been kidnapped while driving out of his Abakaliki residence on Sunday.


The report that Okorie is also a former House of Representatives member from Ohaozara/Onicha/Ivo Federal Constituency, Ebonyi State,In a statement on Sunday night, the Director of Linus’ CaringHeart Foundation, Dr. David Ogbonna said, “Hon. Linus Abah Okorie was kidnapped early this morning on his way to his house in Abakaliki by gunmen known to be men of the Ebubeagu Security outfit allegedly sent by the Onicha Local Government Chairman.


“The available information confirms that he’d been severely tortured to a near-death situation, made naked, and pictures of him taken by his abductors.


“The information available at this moment confirms that their end-point motive is to torture him to death and dump his body at Ebonyi river.

bducted by the state security architecture on drug-related case and has been handed over to NDLEA for other necessary actions. For more information, one can contact the NDLEA office at Abakaliki.”


Also, the Onicha council boss, Uzor, in an interview with journalists, said, “I have nothing to do with it. He was not kidnapped. I learnt his City Hub was being used by ‘mkpurumuri’ and ‘loud’ dealers. He is harbouring drug dealers and so he was arrested by security agencies led by NDLEA.”


But the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Ebonyi State denied knowing Linus’ whereabouts, saying he was not in its custody.


The State Commandant, Iyke Uche, said, “We never arrested (him) or was anybody with that name handed over to us. There is nobody like that in our custody.” Source



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