A principal witness, Mrs Ngozi Ezeudu, on Wednesday in court, narrated how her son was lured out of their residence by two friends in 2009 and had not been seen ever since.
Speaking under cross-examination before Justice Afamefula Nwobodo of an Enugu High Court, Ezeudu alleged that her son, Lotachukwu Ezeudu, informed her that the two friends, Nnaemeka Chukwu and Desmond Ibeziakor, called to invite him out.
Chukwu was among eight people charged with conspiracy and kidnap of Lotachukwu on Sept. 26, 2009 and his subsequent murder on Oct. 6, 2009 at Trans Ekulu, Enugu.
Others charged with Chukwu are Moses Uche, Chijioke Chinweuba, Ernest Okeke, Chika Mgbada, Etido Effiong, Fabulous Chukwu and Chukwudi Obi.
Ezeudu of No. 11, Nike Lake Resort Hotel Road, Trans Ekulu, Enugu told the court that she knew Chukwu and Ibeziakoh as Lotachukwu’s friends.
“One of them called me and said my son was under their custody and demanded for thousands of dollars on Sept. 27, 2009. My husband agreed to pay them one million naira which they asked me to drop for them at Phase VI, Trans Ekulu by the first dustbin, which I did,” she said.
Ezeudu said the suspects asked her to return to the place later to pick her son, a level 200 accountancy student of the University of Nigeria, Enugu campus. She however, said that her son had not been seen since then.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ezeudu identified Chukwu in court.
Nwobodo adjourned the case till November 23, 26 and Dec. 3 for continuation of hearing while remanding the suspects in prison custody. (NAN)