Hon. Linus Okorie, Senatorial Candidate of the Labour Party for the Ebonyi South Senatorial district has allegedly been kidnapped.
According to the reports, the former House of Representatives member was abducted in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital on Sunday, the 16th of October 2022.
A statement signed by David Ogbonna on behalf of Linus Okorie Caring Heart Foundation says that Okorie was alleged to have been abducted by an Ebube Agu security outfit in the state.
The statement reads, “Hon. Linus Abaa Okorie was kidnapped early this morning on his way to his house in Abakaliki by gunmen known to be men of the Ebube Agu 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.
“Their end-point motive is to torture him to death and dump his body at Ebonyi river. His phones are currently with the team commander of his abductors.
“A professional tracking done on his lines revealed ‘Okoja Road, near Police Headquarters’, as his current location. The second line showed ‘Ebun-Nwana, Edda’.
“We’re believing that his abductors may have kept his half-dead body at an old Government house where the previous actions of the indicted militia group usually take place,” the statement partly read.
In reponse to the accusations, Mr. Friday Ujor, The Sector Commander of Ebube Agu, when contacted on the telephone described it as unfounded and malicious.
Ujor said, “The information is fake. There is nothing concerning Ebube Agu with that information.
“I have asked the people sending this where it happened, maybe he has fallen into the hands of kidnappers and they are calling Ebube Agu.
“How can someone say that his phone is reading Ebounwana in Afikpo and Abakaliki at the same time? This is a clear case of you wanting to kill a dog and you give it a bad name to suit what you want.”
Meanwhile, with all the allegations flying around, the state police command has been silent on the incident and all efforts to speak with the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Chris Anyawu, have proved abortive, as he did not answer his calls.
Earlier reports from SaharaReporters says that Okorie’s wife, Nkiru, in a video which was posted on Twitter by Dr Charles Odogwu, on Monday, alleged that her husband had been abducted by Ebube Agu security outfit, which she claimed was working for Umahi.
Nkiru said she was out of the country to get a master’s degree but was told he had been kidnapped when she could not reach him on the phone.