Undeterred by the presence of the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar and other top policemen in the Delta State capital, Asaba, armed bandits struck yesterday and kidnapped Mr. Sam Uduaghan, the elder cousin of the state governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan.
A source who pleaded anonymity explained that the elder Uduaghan was forced into his Toyota Camry car as he drove out of his house on DLA Road, by the gang members who rode in an unmarked vehicle.
Abubakar was in the state to assess its security situation and to put strategies in place towards fighting crime.
The Acting IG was at a stakeholdersâ€™ meeting at Government House shortly after the governor had donated 60 patrol vans and communication gadgets when news of the abduction filtered in.
When contacted, a close family source denied knowledge of the abduction and insisted that the family was yet to receive information about the abduction of the patriarch.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ayo Ikechukwu Aduba and the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Charles Muka could not be reached for comment as they refused to answer persistent telephone calls to their mobile phones.
Meanwhile gunmen last Monday night kidnapped a director of finance with the Rivers State Ministry of Health, Mr. Charles Ovu, in Port Harcourt.
A reliable source in the State Ministry of Health told LEADERSHIP that Ovu was abducted while on his way home after work.
The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Indabawa, who confirmed the incident told our correspondent on phone the victim was kidnapped in front of his family house in Port Harcourt.
Indabawa, who remarked that the State Police Command was doing everything possible to retrieve him and return him to his family without harm, added that all the directorsâ€™ phones had been switched off, apparently by the kidnappers.
When contacted, the state Commissioner of Health, Sampson Parker, decline to comment on the situation, saying such information should be obtained from the security agencies.