Odinkalu remembers Agbasimalo, Labour Party candidate disappeared 2021 en route campaign rally
The former Chairman of Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Prof. Chidi Anselm Odinkalu, has remembered the Labour Party (LP) candidate in the 2021 Anambra State governorship election, a former banker and philanthropist, Engineer Obiora Agbasimalo.
Engineer Agbasimalo, it could be recalled, was disappeared en route the party’s campaign rally in 2021.
According to family and party sources, the young man in his early 40s was abducted by unknown armed men shortly after his groundswell rally at Nnewi ahead of the governorship election.
Since then, no news has been received on his whereabout or those behind the abduction.
Reacting to the ugly incidence, Prof. Odinkalu tweeted:
‘On This Day in 2021, Obiora Agbasimalo, candidate of Labour Party in #AnambraDecides2021, was abducted on his way to what was supposed to be a campaign rally. He has been disappeared since then and both the leadership of Labour Party and its supporters have forgotten about him.’
#OnThisDay in 2021, Obiora Agbasimalo, candidate of #LabourParty @NgLabour in #AnambraDecides2021, was abducted on his way to what was supposed to be a campaign rally. He has bn disappeared since then & both the leadership of @NgLabour & its supporters have forgotten abt him. pic.twitter.com/pqaNQo35ny
— Chidi Odinkalu, CGoF (@ChidiOdinkalu) September 18, 2022
Obiora Agbasimalo, who would have been 40 years old in October 2021, was born the first of four children to an engineer father, Mr Emmanuel Agbasimalo and a retired civil servant mother, Mrs Ada Agbasimalo, who is also an author.
He had his primary and secondary education in Lagos.
A former banker and philanthropist, Obiora Agbasimalo was the Labor Party Flag Bearer for the Anambra State governorship election.
He was a renowned technocrat, philanthropist, businessman, and the financial officer of the Oga Ndi Oga Foundation.
His 15-year banking career was built on a track record, starting from his first year when he was an outstanding team member of the marketing unit till presently that he is the bank’s highest earner of income in its zone.
He managed a portfolio of about N4 billion and close to 20 million dollars in customers fund, aside from fixed deposit.
With such an impressive CV, Agbasimalo became a prime candidate, and target of headhunters for high profile positions in the financial sector.
However, he had set his mind on moving on to a sector where he can make maximum impact and of this, he hinted at a future preoccupation: Youth development and social regeneration.
“I feel it is time for someone with fresh idea to come on board and make an impact especially in the area of youth development, waste management and control and most importantly structural development,” he wrote on his LinkedIn social media handle.
Agbasimalo, neanwhile, is not the first case of forced high profile disappearance in Anambra State.
Mr. Chike Okoli, a former commissioner for science and technology in the state was abducted in May 2015 and till date there is no clue of his whereabouts.
News Band understood that the authorities did apprehend the people involved in collecting the N2 million that was paid as ransom for the release of Mr. Okoli in June 2014.
Law enforcement agents, however, did not locate any remains despite their belief that the abductors may have killed him. Read more.