Fear grips Delta community as gunmen abduct man, in-law


Uba Group

Uba Group

The Ekuku-Agbor community in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State has been thrown into confusion following the abduction of a man and his in-law by some yet-to-be-identified gunmen.

The hosages were said to be travelling for a funeral ceremony when abducted shortly after departing a train station at Owa-Oyibu in Ika North East Local Government Area of the state.

A family source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that the abductors linked up with members, asking for N13million ransom to secure their release.

“Chukwuyem Afam, a son to late Sunday Afam whose burial was slated for Saturday at Ekuku-Agbor; and one of their in-laws, Eric Etunim, who was called up to go pick up Chukwuyem Afam from the train station at Owa Oyibu, had been abducted.

“They were driving to Ekuku-Agbor when they were accosted by the suspected kidnappers who shot sporadically into the air before whisking them away.

“Chukwuyem Afam travelled down from Abuja, on Friday, for the burial of his father and called on one of their in-laws, Etunim, to pick him up but unfortunately, they were kidnapped.

“They have contacted the family with an initial demand of N13million ransom, which they later brought down to N5 million per person based on their last call,” a family source said.

The source said that the burial ceremony was done amidst apprehension.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State Command, DSP Bright Edafe, confirmed the incident, saying that the police had launched a manhunt for the suspects.