Grandfather of kidnapped 10-yrs-old Oloko boy, Onwuso lauds Sen. Akobundu proactive role

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…Calls for constituents’ support.

The grandfather of Osinachi Chukwu, the 10-years-old boy from Oloko, in Ikwuano Local Government Area of Abia State, and Vice president of Oloko Development Union, (ODU), Chief Onwuso Joseph has commended the Senator representing Abia Central Senatorial District, Senator Austin Akobundu, for his unhesitant intervention over the sudden disappearance of his grandchild.

It would be recalled that little Osinachi was forcefully whisked away from Oloko, by some suspected kidnappers, in the early days of April, 2024, by some suspected kidnappers, on his way to a certain shop, where his young mother had sent him to buy some beans, and was taken to some unknown location.

Earlier, Chief Onwuso told famousreporters.com had in a telephone interview that his 10-years-old grandson was kidnapped in Oloko community by some hoodlums on his way to purchase some beans, as directed by his mother.

Famous Reporters gathered that little Osinachi is a primary five pupil of community primary school, Ahaba Oloko.

Reacting to the recent release of Osinachi, Onwuso, while speaking in an exclusive interview with famousreporters.com, weekend, at his compound in Oloko, Onwuso amidst ecstasy, thanked God Almighty for securing the life of the innocent child, as well as returning him to the family.

Also, he expressed his heartfelt thoughts to some men of God, friends and well wishers whom he stressed had relentlessly made prayers on behalf of Osinachi in order to secure his unconditional release.

“I came back from the town and was told that the mother sent him to go buy some beans and that was how he disappeared.

“I felt very bad that that kind of boy was missing in my family. He’s a boy that’s loved by everyone in the family. So, it happened and I cried to God and God made it possible for us to see him.”

On the painstaking intermediary role played by Senator Austin Akobundu, a prominent retired Colonel of the Nigerian Army, he described the Senator as a selfless and generous leader, recounting how he swung into action to facilitate the release of the abductee, as he urged the constituents to unalloyedly support him.

Describing Akobundu as a people orientated leader, he said: “Our Senator is a wonderful man. Immediately he heard about my missing grandchild, he didn’t take it lightly. He called the DPO of Ikwuano in Isiala Oboro and gave him directives to ensure that the matter was taken seriously and he cooperated but at a stage, he became lousy.

Continuing, he said: Col. did not stop at that, rather he went as far as hiring a Lawyer to take up the matter because life was involved. The Lawyer quickly swung into action but before he could conclude his own investigations, with my own added efforts, I found my son.”

According to the source, “when the old man who is the boy’s grandfather could not meet up with their demands, the police abandoned the matter despite the order from the Senator”. The source explained.

However, while speaking with our Correspondent in a telephone call, during the rainy days, Onwuso in his emotional laden state, while narrating the incidents surrounding the abduction of his grandson, called on the Senator and Mayor of the Council, Mayor Osinachi Nwaka, as well as the security agencies to intervene.


Hear him: “Help me find my grandchild”. I’m calling on our indefatigable Senator, Senator Austin Akobundu who is also a son of this land, our House of Assembly member, Hon. Boniface Isienyi, our proactive Mayor, Hon. Osinachi Nwaka Nwaka, the IDU President, Dr. Uzondu Anyadiegwu Charles to our rescue.”

Narrating what led to the incident and how he got the news, the heartbroken grandfather said:

“Now about a week and half ago,I came back from where I went to learn that the boy was sent to buy beans by the mother,somewhere within the village,and the boy did not return from the errand. So on enquiry,we discovered that one keke man who came to the village in a track road,a junction,that umuobasi road, on the track road, so that boy on getting to that place, he met the keke people who took him away to unknown destination, some people said they saw them,I didn’t see what happened, but i was just told reliably that the keke people took him away forcefully.

They said he was lured, the little children that saw them said they gave him biscuits, and then he entered the keke and they sped up from that spot.

“I don’t know if he played football, what I know is that the mother sent him to go and buy something from a neighbouring village there.

“His mother’s name is Tochi okechukwu,the father and the mother are cohabiting with me in my compound.

“Well, even that night we conducted a search within the village area, nobody saw him and up until now we have reported the matter to the police at isiala, and they’re investigating the whole thing and it’s not easy, up until now we are still searching for the boy but he is no where to be found.

“The father is about 25years,his name is okechukwu,he is a civil servant at Isiala and his mother is about the father’s age also; she is a trader.

According to the grandfather, Osinachi is a slim boy, dark in complexion and about 3-meters in height.

He further told our Correspondent that the police came and conducted investigations and made some arrests, even as he regretted that “these arrests have not yielded any fruits.”

On whether the Senator of Abia Central Senatorial District was in the know of the ugly incident, the aggrieved chief said:

“The senator has been informed, I’ve informed him about it,and he said he will have contact with the police and I don’t know if he has done that,he promised me he will speak with the DPO.

“I’m calling on them to come to my aid in terms of getting the police to do their work very well, conduct the investigation as to see how this boy was abducted from my community and obtain the release of that boy.”

Asked who he suspected could have master minded the abduction of his 10-year-old grand child, he said:

“I don’t quarrel with anybody in the village, so I don’t know who could have planned that and took that boy away and I can’t say why this should happen in my community, because I’m the vice president of oloko development Union so I don’t know who could have planned that.

“The IDU president is aware, President general of Oloko, Chief Sunny Nwosu, they all know about it.

“I’m telling them to help me find who kidnapped my grand child and then get him released for us, because we have been feeling the whole thing here; we are not happy that a little boy who was sent on an errand did not come back up until now, nothing has happened. This is the first time we are seeing this in oloko.” He wailed.

By Famous Reporters

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