Another Two Expatriates Kidnapped
11 Aug 2006
Author: Ahamefula Ogbu
The Commissioner of Police, Rivers State, Mr. Samuel Adetuyi has announced the kidnap of two expatriate workers in the early hours of the day at Borokiri and have been taken to an unknown location in the creeks.
Although the police said the duo, one Fredrick from Belgium and Nasir from Morroco were in the employment of Julius Berger, THISDAY learnt that they were working for Dredging International Nigeria Limited before they were taken hostage.
Adetuyi therefore asked expatriates to take extra security precautions and avoid night life to stem the rising tide of the kidnap incidents.
He further advised them to vary their routes and itineraries to make it harder for would be abductors to predict their movement and for them to always look over their shoulders while the police work out ways of apprehending the culprits.
So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the kidnap while the reason behind it has not yet been known hence the call on the people by Adetuyi for cooperation and assistance to the police in the area of information.
The Police boss also announced the arrest of one Praye Awuse who was .allegedly going to assassinate a man they alleged had killed one of their members. Although the police said he was an armed robbery suspect on a mission to rob, we learnt that he belonged to one of the cult groups in the state.
Sources told THISDAY that the group belong to the De Gbam cult group and were going to kill a De Well member they alleged had killed their colleague when police on routine stop and search intercepted them.
Adetuyi said that they were in a Mercedes Benz V-Boot and when they were stopped by the police, three of them took to their heels leaving Awuse behind. On searching their vehicle, four automatic rifles and 62 rounds of live ammunition were found in the car.
When asked what happened to Awuse who was dripping blood and looked badly battered, he replied, "did you expect him to be wearing his suit after the police chased and apprehended him and all those arms and ammunitions recovered from him?
He stated that it was part of the measures they put in place to check the rising crime wave in the state that yielded the arrest and vowed that no high level intervention from any quarters would make him release those he has apprehended. He also announced the arrest of some policemen along Abacha road whom he said had been terrorizing commercial bike riders popular called okada and extorting money from them. He said when he got the report; he sent his men to the area and arrested them since they were doing the business on a daily basis. He promised hell for all those who he said were flouting the orders of the Inspector General of Police.
According to him, they would be investigated and if found culpable, dismissed form the police and prosecuted as the police has no tolerance for corruption and improper behaviour.
On the threat of raid of banks by robbers in Bonny, he admitted he held meetings with them earlier in the week but refused to disclose measures they were adopting to curb the menace.
He merely said that they had a plan which involves the banks and the police and urged each side to respect the agreement.