June 22, (THEWILL) – The Anambra Police Command on Wednesday, confirmed that a former lawmaker in the State, Nelson Achukwu has been beheaded.
Achukwu, who hailed from Nnewi South Local Government Area of the state, is the owner of Nelly Oil & Gas Filling Station at Utuh.
He represented Nnewi South 2 Constituency in the state assembly during the administration of former governor, Chris Ngige, now Nigeria’s minister of Labour and Employment.
THEWILL gathered that some gunmen had abducted him some months ago, and had accused him of aiding the onslaught of the military against gunmen in the state.
He was said to have been released after his abductors vindicated him.
The ex-lawmaker, physically challenged, was reabducted at his house at Nkpor a few weeks ago.
He was beheaded after his family reportedly paid N15 million as ransom to the gunmen.
Spokesperson of the State Police Command, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, who confirmed the sad development, said the body of the former lawmaker was found on Tuesday, between the boundary of Uke and Ukpor Communities in the council area.
“His decapitated body was found at the back of Ulasi Rivers and was quickly buried by the family on Tuesday evening, as the body was already decomposing.
“Efforts were being made to rescue him (from his abductors) before this unfortunate development”, Ikenga said.
The police spokesperson said the police would not relent in investigating the incident and assured that the suspects would be tracked down.
The latest incident came exactly one month after gunmen abducted and then beheaded Okechukwu Okoye, a lawmaker representing Aguata 2 Constituency in Anambra State House of Assembly.
Okoye was killed May 21 with his aide, Cyril Chiegboka, six days after they were abducted along Aguluzigbo Road, Anaocha Local Government Area of the state.