By Milcah Tanimu
In a disturbing incident, unidentified assailants have reportedly abducted Chief Enibe Francis, the Chairman of Mgbuka Amazu Market in Onitsha, Anambra State. The abduction is believed to be connected to the recent sit-at-home order in the region.
Sources within the market confirmed the incident, which occurred on Monday, shortly after Chief Francis had complied with the market association’s directive to open the market. According to reports, the armed assailants subjected him to a severe beating before forcibly bundling him into a waiting vehicle, driving him to an undisclosed location.
Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, had instructed market leaders in the state to open their markets on Mondays, emphasizing prayer sessions and market cleaning. Over the past few weeks, market executives, led by Chief Humphrey Anuna, President of the Anambra State Markets Amalgamated Traders Association, have been visiting markets across the state every Monday to ensure compliance with the directive. Following recent monitoring activities, Chief Anuna announced the temporary closure of at least seven markets for failing to adhere to the directive.
Confirming the abduction to journalists, Chief Anuna stated that he had been briefed on the situation and that the market executives were actively working to establish contact with Chief Francis.
Tochukwu Ikenga, the state police spokesman, confirmed the incident and stated that the situation was under close monitoring.
Mgbuka Amazu Market is an established motor spare parts market located along the problematic Onitsha-Owerri Road, where vehicles often get stuck for hours due to flooded ditches.