A Yet-to-be-identified armed men on Sunday morning abducted an 11-year-old boy identified as Kamsi in his house at Ukwu-Inyi in Ogwurute, Igbeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State.
Kamsiyo Sunday, who is a comedian, was abducted on Sunday, March 26, after he made a video calling for the release of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu and berating Igbo people for not clamouring for Kanu’s immediate release.
In a video posted on his Facebook page, ‘Kamsi Comedy’ on Thursday, the skit maker said, “Stop talking to me. I’m not happy at all. There is nothing that will make me believe that we can ever forget Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in this world. A hero, our hero, my mentor.
“This man brought out himself because how we were living our lives was not good. This man brought out himself. Imagine the person whose father and mother were killed and even his dog in our presence but we have forgotten him.
“Because of you and me, this man was sent to prison and he has been suffering there for years. We are supposed to be talking about his release but we are here running around following politicians and they are using us anyhow.
“This man told us that nothing will ever make politicians help us in this life. Igbo people, do we really have brains? Common sense, please forget!!!”
Two days after he posted the video, men dressed in what seemed like security uniforms numbering four and armed with pump-action guns invaded Kamsi’s house and forcibly to him to an unknown destination.
Speaking with SaharaReporters on the phone, Kamsi’s brother who is also his manager, described the incident as a clear case of kidnap, saying that the family have gone to the police station and Neighbourhood Watch office in their local government area but the security agencies denied knowledge of the incident.
The family member did not want his name to be mentioned for fear of being targeted for attack.
He said, “It was a kidnap because we have gone to the Neighbourhood Watch of our local government and the police station but they told us that they are not aware of the incident.
“So, it is a kidnap because, had it been that they were security men, we can say it is an arrest but we were never invited to the police or anywhere to answer any question and when the men came, they did not explain anything to us.
“They just came and snatched the boy. I was sleeping when they came. It was their noise that woke me. For now, the police and the Neighbourhood Watch people are investigating the matter. They moved out with Kamsi’s mother this morning to carry out an investigation and they are not back yet.
“The people who came and kidnapped Kamsi wore a uniform with MOPOL written on their back but when we went to the police station, they said they were not aware of it and that they had never seen the vehicle the armed men came with.”
Meanwhile, reacting to the incident, one of the IPOB/Kanu’s lawyers, Barr. Aloy Ejimakor, described the legal consequences of state terror on children are severe.
According to him, international jurisdiction will be brought to bear.
“I’ve asked my colleagues in Enugu to quickly trace where #Kamsi is detained. Anybody with such information should please DM. To the Enugu State Govt, I will say this: The legal consequences of State terror on a child are severe & international jurisdiction will be brought to bear,” Ejimakor said.
He was however released as at Wednesday to the Nigerian Police Force and then to his parent, with few details to the public on who actually gave the order.
According to the Enugu State Police Command in a press statement released by the State Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe (DSP), said they rescued the child comedian on Monday, March 27, along the road in Nsukka where he was abandoned by his abductors.
Ndukwe’s statement reads in parts, “Police Operatives serving in Nsukka Area Command of Enugu State Police Command, acting on credible information and with support from law-abiding citizens, on 27/03/2023 at about 11pm, found and rescued 10 years old boy, Kamsiyo Sunday (popularly called “Kamsi”), at Nsukka, along MCC Road by Umanu Junction, where he was abandoned by his abductors due to pressure mounted on them.
“The lad was reported to have been abducted to an unknown destination, from his parents home at Ukwuinyi Ogrute in Enugu-Ezike community of Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area, on 26/03/2023 at about 4pm, by four armed and masked men, operating in a black-coloured Pick Truck Vehicle. He has been reunited with his parents and family members.”
Ndukwe said that the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Ammani, has ordered that the ongoing discreet investigation into the case be intensified to fish out and bring the perpetrators of the act to book.
“He notes that such horrifying act of abduction of the minor, as shown in a viral video, is one that is highly intolerable and shall not be treated lightly,” he quoted CP Ammani as saying.
Kamsi ’s abduction according to people in the state, might also not be unconnected with his latest comedy he said he was carrying a bag of semi to a particular politician who failed election.