Youths of Igboeze Onicha in Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Monday, took to streets in protest of the kidnap of Mr Linus Okorie, Labour Party’s senatorial candidate for Ebonyi South. He was reported whisked away by operatives suspected by members of Ebubeagu security network.
Dr David Ogbonna, working for Linus Okorie CaringHeart Foundation, in a release on Sunday, claimed that Okirie was beaten severely by the operatives before being taken awsy.
According to the statement, “Hon Linus Abaa Okorie was kidnapped early Sunday morning on his way to his house in Abakaliki by gunmen known to be men of Ebubeagu Security outfit.
“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.
“The information available as at this moment confirms that 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 old Government House where the previous actions of the indicted militia group usually take place.
“It’s also alleged that from tomorrow, and days ahead, all Hon Linus boys and supporters will be hunted down and made to face similar situation.
“We call on the security agencies to swing into action and unravel this situation, get Hon Linus out and alive from his abductors and bring the perpetrators of this evil to face the wrath of the law.
“We emplore our supporters, CaringHeart members, and friends of Hon Linus not to give into unlawful acts but allow the security men to do their professional jobs.”
Okorie was in the House of Representatives.
The state police command is yet to make a statement on the allegations.