Police and family sources disclosed to our correspondent that the kidnappers of Mr. Samuel Uduaghan have communicated their demand for a jumbo ransom as a condition for the victim’s release.
However, a security source also revealed that security operatives are hot on the heels of the abductors in a bid to secure the release of the governor’s 70-year old cousin.
Mr. Samuel Uduaghan was yesterday kidnapped from his home on DLA Road in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
Last week, soccer star Christian Obodo was kidnapped in a church premises in his hometown of Warri, where he had gone to worship. He was rescued the following day by a group of vigilantes who happened to be in the area he had been taken to, although the police are claiming credit for Obodo’s safe return.
In Asaba, the State House of Assembly has rejected the return to the state of CSP Dickson Osamwonyi, the former head of the Anti-Kidnapping Task Force who was indicted for allegedly aiding kidnappers.
In April, Mr. Osamwonyi and six members of the Task Force were arrested and flown to Abuja on the orders of the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar.