• Kidnappers demand N10m ransom
HUSBAND of an officer with the Nigerian Police, was, on Monday evening, abducted by unknown gunmen.
Although details were still sketchy as of the time of filing this report, Tribune Online gathered that the victim, whose names could not be quickly ascertained, was kidnapped along Eku road in his Toyota Corolla car.
The victim, a sailor, was said to be returning from a wedding function at Orerokpe when he was abducted.
A source said: “he went for wedding introduction and he dropped his elder brother’s wife at PTI junction at about 7pm.”
The victim was said to have called his police wife (names withheld) at about past 7:00p.m shortly before he was kidnapped.
Another source also informed Tribune Online that the vehicle on which the victim was travelling was seen around Orerokpe where his ex-wife, who had children for him, lives.
An impeccable security source, who confided exclusively in Tribune Online Monday night, said the abductors whisked their victim away to an unknown destination along Warri-Benin expressway.
The source said the ex-wife could be a prime suspect behind the abduction as she was rumoured to have demanded one of the victim’s buildings as her share of inheritance.
“An insider work is involved. Young boys said to be new in the business did the dirty job.
Investigations are on to track down the boys,” the source added.
Police wife of the victim, who’s attached B-Division in Warri was quoted to have retorted that “I’m concerned about his release, then we will know what happened. He was coming from a wedding engagement on Monday evening.”
According to her, the hoodlums are demanding a ransom of N10 million with a promise that: “We no go harm am. Go rally for the money. We too wan do Christmas well.”
DPO of B-Division, Warri Area Command, Eyo Anisiete, when contacted on phone, declined comment on the incident.
On his part, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Andrew Aniamaka, could not confirm the incident, saying “it is you journalists that should let us know what is happening.”
Meanwhile, it was gathered that the spate of kidnapping in the state, ahead the yuletide, is assuming an alarming rate owing to the alleged unceremonious deployment of about 12 District Police Officers (DPO) in the state.
The deployment, which is said not to be unusual in the force, has a backlash of criminal activities, especially kidnapping, being on the rise in the state due to alleged inexperience on the part of the new DPOs in crime-prone areas.
Commissioner of Police, Mr Zanna Mohammed, would not pick his calls when contacted on his mobile line on Tuesday morning to comment of the situation.