Anger in Rivers over kidnap of commissioner, others

There is anger in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, following the kidnap of Rivers State Commissioner for Power, Augustine Wokocha, and two others.

Gunmen at the weekend also whisked away Dr. R. F Quadri,the Librarian of the Federal College of Education (Technical), Omoku in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area and the institution’s Director of Academic, Planning and Statistics, Dr. Richard Ihua Maduenyi.

Security agencies were yesterday on the trail of the kidnappers, but the victims’ whereabouts remained unknown.

Rivers Police spokesman Ben Ugwuegbulam, told The Nation to seek confirmation of the kidnap elsewhere.

It was gathered that the operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF) were making progress in their efforts to rescue the victims alive. They were also intensifying efforts to apprehend the unknown kidnappers.

Spokesman of the JTF, Major Michael Etete, who doubles as the spokesman of the 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Bori Camp, Port Harcourt, was not available to comment last night.

But the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Rivers State called for complete overhaul of the security agencies. It described the incidents as criminal, cruel and evil.

Speaking through its Publicity Secretary, Jerry Needam, yesterday, it said: “We demand immediate and complete overhaul of the security systems, including total redeployment of all rank and file of security men in Rivers state.

“The kidnap of Wokocha, Quadri and Maduenyi reminds us that our security system has collapsed. We demand explanations, in the face of high rate of kidnapping in Rivers state, how billions of naira security vote and tax payers’ money is spent.

“The kidnap of these men is criminal, cruel and evil. We demand their immediate and unconditional release and the perpetrators of this evil act be fished out and prosecuted.”

The Nation

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