Gunmen kidnap SAN, others in Delta, demand N15m

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Chike Onyemenam, has been abducted at the Utulu junction on the Benin-Asaba Expressway near the Meta City housing estate, Issele-Azagba, Delta State.

Southern City News gathered that Onyemenam was abducted on Monday alongside a lawyer, who accompanied him to the site of his property along the expressway.

A family member, who confirmed the abduction to our correspondent, said that the kidnappers later released the lawyer and drove Onyemenam away to an unknown destination.

The source stated that contact had been established with the family members and that the abductors were demanding N15m as ransom to secure his release.

Similarly, hoodlums numbering about 20 reportedly stormed the Uvwiamuge area of the Ughelli/Agbarho section of the East-West Road in the Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State and kidnapped unspecified number of persons.

The incident, which occurred around 6.50pm on Monday, was said to have lasted over 30 minutes.

Eyewitnesses said the hoodlums fled when they were engaged in a gun battle by police operatives, who were drafted to the spot.

Several accounts had it that no fewer than eight persons were kidnapped by the armed men, who laid siege to the road from the nearing bush.

However, some commuters claimed that only four persons were abducted by the hoodlums, who left with their victims through the bush path.

Some motorists heading towards Ughelli and Effurun had to abandon their vehicles on the expressway, while others made sudden detours to avoid fallen victims.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Adeyinka Adeleke, who confirmed the incident in Ugheli, claimed ignorance of the SAN’s abduction.

Adeleke told our correspondent that only one person was abducted by the gunmen in Ugheli, adding, “I’m not aware of the kidnapping of the SAN in Asaba.”

 

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