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The Nigerian military have deployed troops at entry and exit points in Anambra State, particularly in and around Onitsha.
The Eastern Updates reports that the soldiers are searching vehicles and combing locations after unknown gunmen abducted an operative of the Nigerian Navy.
Lieutenant IS Ozuowa was kidnapped at about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday alongside civilians, whose number is yet to be ascertained.
Currently serving at Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) OLOGBO, he was on transit from Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.
Recall that the officer was released last Friday to attend his Long Course programme.
The Eastern Updates reports that a military personnel confirmed Ozuowa and others were ambushed at the Upper Iweka area in Onitsha.
‘Own Quick Response Force (QRF) was deployed immediately. Efforts are ongoing to rescue the officer’, the source told PRNigeria.
Following the incident, Ozuowa sent a distress message to Slt Bomadi, the Base Operations Officer of Naval Outpost (NOP) Onitsha.
The superior then alerted military troops stationed at checkpoints along different routes to be on the lookout.
Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has turned down the request of Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo, to stand as a surety for its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who is still being detained by the Department of State Security Service (DSS).
IPOBm, in a statement by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, yesterday, commended the voluntary move by Soludo to sign a surety for the unconditional release of Kanu, but noted that the request was belated.
Powerful said Kanu does not need any surety because he has already been discharged by the court and tasked Soludo to gear all his efforts towards persuading and compelling the Federal Government to obey the judgement of the court that freed the IPOB leader.