By: PAUL OSUYI, Asaba
Kidnappers in Asaba, the Delta State capital yesterday defied the presence of the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar in the capital city as they kidnapped a cousin of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, Pa Sam Uduaghan.
Pa Uduaghan was forced into his Toyota Camry car at the gate of his house on DLA Road, Asaba by the gang who stormed his house in a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) without a registration number. But family sources said yesterday that they were yet to receive information about the abduction of Pa. Uduaghan. As at press time, a security meeting between the IGP, Governor Uduaghan and other stakeholders was ongoing at the Government House.
Pa Uduaghan was said to have driven out of the house and got out of his car to lock the gate when the hoodlums swooped on him. At the time of his kidnap, the IGP was at the presidential lodge on Jesus Saves Road, where he formally presented the rescued ex-Super-Eagles midfielder, Christian Obodo to journalists. Obodo was kidnapped last Saturday while parking his car to attend a Church service at Zion Prayer Ministry, Ekpan, Warri. He was rescued the following day at Emevor in Isoko North Local Government Area of the state.
Six male suspects were arrested in connection with the kidnap while one AK 47 rifle with number 4011197 and 59 rounds of live ammunition were recovered. Abubakar was in Asaba as part of his tour of various commands across the country to interact with officers of the force and other stakeholders on ways to improve the security situation in the country. He used the opportunity to receive 60 patrol vehicles and some communication gadgets donated by the state government to the command.
Presenting Obodo, Abubakar said: “I am touring the various commands in the country and in view of the fact that the incident happened and we are particularly happy that he (Obodo) was rescued.
“I want to re-assure Deltans and Nigerians that we shall continue to do our best about the security situation in this state and the country at large. This is one of the reasons why I am here to be able to assess and evaluate the security situation of the state and to sit down with the command to put strategies of fighting acts of crime and criminality in place. It will equally afford me the opportunity to sit down with citizens of the state in a stakeholders’ meeting for a way forward in fighting crime and criminality.”
Governor Uduaghan, who presented the vehicles and the communication gadgets to the police boss, said the state government, since 2007 had donated 110 patrol vehicles and two Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) to the state command. He said in addition to the 60 patrol vehicles, his administration had concluded plans to buy two additional APCs to enhance crime fighting in the state.
“The issue of security is in our three-point agenda, hence, we are taking it very seriously. We have been doing everything possible to assist the police. Since 2007, we have procured 110 patrol vehicles and two APCs. For us, this is not even enough. We are in the process of procuring two additional APCs,” Uduaghan said.
He told the IG that Delta State had a peculiar security challenge because of its location, saying criminals come from neighbouring states to terrorise the people of the state. He informed that the states were presently working on how to improve inter-state policing.
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