Gunmen Kidnap Wike’s Aide


Unidentified gunmen have kidnapped the Special Adviser to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on Land and Survey, Chief Anugbum Onuoha JP.

Onuoha was kidnapped Thursday night at a hotel around Ada-George area of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Port Harcourt and taken to an unknown place at gunpoint.

It was gathered that the victim had closed from his office and retired to his hotel before the hoodlums who abducted him struck. A source, who claimed to have witnessed the event, but did not want his name in print, stated that the four security escort attached to Onuoha took to their heels when the kidnappers started shooting sporadically, before whisking away the victim.

As at the time of filing this report, the kidnappers have not established contacts with the victims family. However, Rumuepirikom Kingdom Council, chiefs of his home town, have regretted the development, describing it as worrisome.

In a statement, Chief Hon Prince Weli-Wosu, Chairman, Barr. Ndamzi Owabie Secretary and Engr. Joseph Charles Wike, PRO of the Kingdom Council, pleaded with the abductors to release their victim unconditionally.

The statement read: “Elders, Chiefs and the entire people of Rumuepirikom Kingdom council wish to state that we are pained that one of our sons Chief Barr Anugbum Onuoha JP,  was kidnapped by unknown gunmen yesterday, Thursday.

“Anugbum Onuoha is a peace loving individual and friend and lover of all. We by this announcement urge those responsible for such act to release him unconditionally.”

Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer Rivers State Police Command, DSP. Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed the development stated that the hoodlums appeared in military uniform.

Omoni in the statement yesterday said: “On 18/1/19 at about  20.30hrs unknown gunmen in military uniform stormed a certain hotel at Ada-George Road, Port-Harcourt and kidnapped the Special Adviser to the Governor on Lands & Survey.

“This is unfortunate and as a command we are touched by this development and will go all out to ensure his speedy and timely release. The Commissioner of Police (CP) has given a marching order to all the Tactical Units, including the IGP Monitoring Unit, to work round the clock and ensure that the victim is released in record time.

“Contacts have been made with sister security agencies and other stakeholders in this direction,” the command’s spokesman said.

The police public relations officer appealed to the general public to avail the command of useful information that could lead to unconditional release of the governor’s aide. “The public is hereby assured that there is no cause for alarm as the already existing peace in the state will be sustained,” he said.

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