Kidnappers of the former Minister of Interior, Captain Emmauel Iheanacho and Mrs Rachael Nkwuorgu have demanded for a ransom payment of N20m for each of them.
Meanwhile fresh facts have emerged on the circumstance that led to the kidnap of the former minister and Mrs. Nkwuorgu by the gunmen.
LEADERSHIP investigations revealed that the gunmen numbering over five and armed with sophisticated weapons had targeted Mrs. Racheal Nkwuorgu from Ogbaku in Mbaitolu Local Government Area of the state, who returned from the United States for a funeral ceremony.
But sensing that their vehicle was not moving fast enough to accomplish their mission, they laid ambush at Orogwe, along Onitsha/Owerri road where they stopped one Mr. Udochukwu Okpe who was driving in a Suv-jeep at about 7pm.
An eye witness said that the kidnappers jumped inside the jeep after forcing Okpe out, and tried unsuccessfully to get away with the car which has a security device that restricts usage of the vehicle to only the owner.
And seized with rage, the hoodlums shot Udochukwu on the head. He died before help could come his way. The kidnappers thereafter, flagged down another vehicle that took them to their prime target at Ogbaku.
Another eye witness at Ogbaku told LEADERSHIP that the gunmen deceived Mrs. Nkworgu, by claiming to be policemen sent by their purported superior officers to bring her to a nearby police station.
A man who suspected foul play opted to accompany Nkworgu to the police station, but he was reportedly shot dead by the kidnappers for allegedly preventing them from carrying out their operation. It was at this point that the kidnappers took Nkworgu to an unknown destination alongside the retired navy captain, who came on a condolence visit to the home of the Nkworgus.