Panic was high in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State yesterday following reports of the abduction of Chief Lawrence Chukwuemeka Eya. The Guardian learnt that Eya, aged 68, was trailed to his base in Kogi State by his abductors.
The development has thrown his Igbo-Eze North kinsmen into anxiety, as the kidnappers have placed a N15 million ransom on him. His son, a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial aspirant for Enugu North District, Mr. Chinedu Eya, who confirmed the incident, has appealed to the abductors to free his father.
Eya, who did not rule out political colouration in the incident, said it was unhealthy for any person to introduce brigandage into Enugu politics.He said: “Right now, I really feel pain as a man, I cried, because the old man cannot be suffering. He put his life on the line for some of us to survive. Now that he should be benefiting, somebody is coming to intimidate him.
“I don’t know where it is coming from but I am only saying that people should change their style of politics, and not play politics the old way. Let’s do politics with that mindset of sportsmanship, where the loser is still a winner.”