A four-man armed gang on Monday evening abducted one Mr. Tobi Benson, a senior lecturer with the Delta State-owned polytechnic,
It was reliably gathered that the armed men stormed
the residence of the lecturer around Assemblies of God Church street,
off Isah road, Ogwashi-Uku, after he packed his car in his garage and
dragged him into their waiting car at gunpoint.
Sources said that
the abductors had demanded his car key during which they pounced on him
but he refused to surrender it to them, and they held him at gunpoint
and dragged him into their waiting car.
Wife of the victim, Mrs.
Tobi Benson, who spoke to our correspondent on telephone yesterday, said
that the husband’s abductors had made contact with her through her cell
phone and had demanded for N100 million ransom.
Relations Officer in the state, Mrs. Celestina Kalu confirmed that the
police were on top of the situation, disclosing that the assailants had
left with their victim before the police arrived at the scene, assuring
that the police would rescue the victim unhurt.
Mrs. Kalu appealed to members of the public with useful information that will help the police to rescue the victim.
would be recalled that in the recent times the issue of kidnap had fast
becoming a forgotten issue in Ogwashi-Uku community but gradually
creeping back with fear of the unknown.
In a swift reaction,
Aniocha South Local Government Council Boss Chief Isaac Anwuzie in a bid
to stem the rising cases of crime within Ogwashi-Uku community and its
environs, said he had conveyed several security meetings to fashion out
ways with a view to checking the menace but to no avail.
Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr. (Mrs.) Edna Mokegwu who expressed shock
over the incident however appealed to the victim’s abductors to release
him unhurt, adding “Our appeal to the abductors is to release him unhurt
and our prayer to the police is to regularly patrol the streets of
Ogwashi-Uku or better still mount road blocks to help reduce security
challenges confronting the community.”