The wife of a commissioner in the Delta State Oil Producing Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Michael Diden, a.k.a Ejele, Agatha has been kidnapped.

THISDAY gathered that six heavily armed gunmen, at about 7pm stormed the DESOPADEC chief’s wife’s office – Allen Eye Clinic, located at the popular Lion’s Building, along Nnebisi Road, in Asaba, Friday, fired several shots to scare their perceived enemies before she was driven away in her Range Rover Jeep.

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The kidnappers later abandoned the vehicle few meters away from the Asaba International Airport, before they sandwiched her in their waiting Toyota Camry car and zoomed off.

Family source said few hours later, the kidnappers contacted them, demanding a N50 million ransom. The victim’s husband described the incident as “a tragedy, a set back and unfortunate,” particularly when the state governor at a stakeholders meeting recently assured Deltans that his administration was determined to check the rising crime wave in the state.

Meanwhile, worried by the deplorable state of roads across the Ika communities, comprising Ika North East and Ika South, in Delta North Senatorial District, the elders in the area have sent a Save Our Soul (SOS) message to the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan.

In a statement presented to state Commissioner for Works, Mr. Funkekeme Solomon who was in the area to have a first-hand assessment of the roads, the elders expressed confidence in the administration of Uduaghan to address the challenges.

Funkekeme who was visibly shaken  over the deplorable state of the roads, majorly in Boji Boji  Owa  and Agbor metropolises, expressed shock at the level of dilapidation and state of disrepair, saying, “what I have seen is that the roads are not in a very good state.” Funkekeme, who inspected Abude, Imudia, Egun, Ode, Dein, Cemetery and Charles streets in Agbor town said the tour was a pre-budget  assessment of the area, assuring  of government intervention in no  too distant future.

 

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