The abducted Sole Administrator of the Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State, Chris Ohizu, has been beheaded.
The council boss was butchered on Sunday after his abductors allegedly received N6 million as ransom.
Video of his beheading surfaced online on Sunday, where his killers insisted that there would be no election in the country.
A source from the LGA, who did not want to be named, disclosed that the killers of the sole administrator published videos of the beheading with the phone of their victim on his WhatsApp status.
The source said, “The sole administrator has been beheaded. We saw videos of how he was being beheaded on Sunday. His killers posted it with his phone on his own WhatsApp status. That was how people got to know that he was beheaded.
“The videos were horrible. He was tied and half naked before he was beheaded. That was a painful way to die. They butchered him after collecting N6 million ransom.”
The slain sole administrator was kidnapped on Friday alongside two others after burning his country home at Imoko community in the Arondizuogu area of the LGA.
As Unknown Gunmen Release Video Of Abducted Imo Council Chairman, Threaten To Kill Governor Uzodinma, Disrupt Elections In Southeast Nigeria
Unknown Gunmen Release Video Of Abducted Imo Council Chairman, Threaten To Kill Governor Uzodinma, Disrupt Elections In Southeast Nigeria
January 23, 2023
Some gunmen terrorising Southeast Nigeria have released a video showing the kidnapped chairman of Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State, Chris Ohizu on his knees in a bushy area.
Ohizu was last Friday abducted at his home in Imoko community in Arondizuogu town.
The gunmen were said to have shot the chairman first in the leg and bundled him into a waiting car before setting his house ablaze.
In the video circulating online, Ohizu was seen kneeling down in a bushy area.
One of the unknown gunmen was heard in the clip threatening to kill the governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma.
He also warned the Nigerian government not to hold the 2023 general elections in the region.
“Hope, hear the voice once again, you see this man kneeling down here, carry that your face up. Hope, I know you must know this man. I want you to watch the video, watch it very well, the way I’m killing this man is the way I’ll kill you very soon,” he was heard saying.
“You think moving around with soldiers, hiring soldiers will solve the problem. Hope, I thought you are a sensible man. I don’t know that you are a foolish idiot.
“Enough is enough that we must fight that Biafra is restored. Hope, either you people like it or not, as far is Eastern region is concerned, there is no election. We can’t accept that, if not, you people will be dying one after the other.”
The clip however did not show whether the council chairman was later killed.
The South-East region has witnessed increasing attacks on security agents, government facilities and prominent individuals following the arrest of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Although IPOB has denied culpability for the spate of attacks and killings in the geopolitical zone, security agencies have blamed the atrocities on the separatist group.
When contacted, the spokesperson for the police in the state, Henry Okoye, confirmed the incident and simply said “investigation is ongoing.”