Gunmen on Saturday morning kidnapped a top official of the Niger Delta Development Commission.
The victim, Kingsley Okorafor, was abducted in his home town, Umuadara Umulogho, an autonomous community in the Obowo Local Government Area of Imo State.
The abduction, our correspondent learnt, had unsettled the villagers, as the people now live in a state of panic.
Confirming the incident, the traditional ruler of the community, Patrick Uwalaka, described the development as unfortunate.
A source, who does not want to be named, disclosed the victim had attended a wake-keep of the late traditional ruler of the Ndihu autonomous community in the Obowo LGA, Innocent Anyawu, on Friday.
The source said, “The NDDC staff member was trailed after he left the vigil to his community where he was abducted, while his car was left behind.”
The source further disclosed that the suspected kidnappers had established contacts with the victim’s family and demanded N10m ransom for his release.
The spokesman for the police in the state, Micheal Abattam, had yet to respond to an inquiry on the abduction as of the time of filing this report on Saturday.