A former Commissioner for Trade and Commerce in Anambra State, Christian Madubuko, has been declared missing.
His elder brother, Richard Madubuko, made the declaration during a protest by the people of Anaku in the Ayamelum Local Government Area of the on Tuesday.
The commissioner resigned about three weeks ago, alleging corruption in the system and threat to his life.
His people during the protest on Tuesday said they had to take to the streets because the signals they were receiving from security operatives were ominous.
Some of their placards read, ‘Anaku people plead for the rescue of their son,’ ‘We are pleading for his release ’and ‘Is Anambra still the safest state?’
Madubuko said, “For 13 days, our brother has been missing. Initially, we thought he would resurface after a day or two, but it has come to a stage we are confused. We have therefore decided to let the world know that our brother has been missing.
“We have written to the Commissioner of Police without any response and we decided to let the world know what we are passing through.
“We have made enquires in government and the response has always been that we should calm down and that government will intervene.
“But for 13 days, we have not heard from him or form government and the security operatives. We are confused and we do not know what other steps to take.”
A community leader in Anaku, Benjamin Ginika, recalled that he was last seen after his visit to All Progressives Grand Alliance office in Awka and urged the state government to assist in finding out his whereabouts.
He said, “While we are not suspecting anybody, we are pleading with Governor Willie Obiano to assist us to ensure that our brother is released unharmed. He has been missing for 13 days now and our community is in deep pain.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, said the state police command was investigating the matter.
Haruna said, “The case was reported on January 16, 2021, at the Central Police Station, Awka and the Commissioner of Police has directed the anti – kidnapping unit to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.”