EXCLUSIVE: Anambra lawmakers abandon homes for hotels in panic as gunmen kidnap third legislator
Members of the Anambra State House of Assembly are presently living in fear and devising all means to escape from the onslaughts of gunmen who appear to have targeted them, Caracal Reports has learnt.
A top source in the house disclosed that some of the lawmakers no longer stay at home but in “discreet hotels” in and outside the state, where they could hardly be traced by assailants.
“Yes, all the lawmakers are on high alert and are taking all necessary security precautions, some cannot be disclosed to the public. But some lawmakers since the advent of the gunmen attacks this year in Anambra have not been staying at home. They prefer hotels. It is not safe when everyone knows your house and knows that you come home every day,” the source said.
Only on Wednesday, some gunmen abducted a former lawmaker, Benson Nwawulu.
Nwawulu was said to have been abducted in his house in Ihiala on Sunday in the Ihiala Local Government Area of the state.
Same gunmen had on May 15, 2022, kidnapped Okechukwu Okoye, a serving lawmaker representing Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s Aguata Local Government Area alongside his personal assistant, Mr Cyril Chiegboka. A few days after, their decapitated bodies were found in different locations.
Barely a month after, a former lawmaker, Nelson Emeka Achukwu was kidnapped and after collecting a ransom of N15 million, he was also beheaded.
The state police command confirmed the killing and beheading of the former state lawmaker.
The state police command has also confirmed the recent incident.
Nwawulu who left the Anambra State House of Assembly in 2019, had also contested for a seat in the House of Representatives but lost.
There is no information yet about the demands of the abductors.
But the former lawmaker’s son has reportedly reached out to some current members of the state assembly who were Nwawulu’s colleagues to solicit funds.