TWO expatriate oil workers, a Belgian and a Moroccan were yesterday abducted by unknown gunmen in Port Harcourt. The Police gave their names as Frederick and Nasiri. They could not confirm their place of work at press time.The Police said they have not established contact with any of their abductors.
Briefing on the development yesterday, the state Police Commissioner, Samuel Adetuyi who described the incidents as sad and regrettable appealed to the public to assist the Police with useful information that will help track down the abductors. Already, he said they had stepped up security in the state.
"Two expatriate workers were abducted along Borokiri area and taken to the creek side. No feelers on those behind it or their reason. Two different incidents were recorded last week. It gives a lot of concern for the security"
"A lot of effort is being put in place to check all these. I appeal to the generality of the people to appreciate that security is a shared responsibility. We need the assistance of the public. As Nigerians we should all get worried and be concerned. We all have responsibility to assist the police with credible information"
"There is increased number of police presence in the state. Motorists should assist the Police by answering simple questions put to them by the Police and not be difficult. This is a time we all require to join hands with the Police.
Urging motorists to endeavor to respond to simple questions that may be put to them by his men when ever they are stopped on their way he also enjoined expatriates and other residents in the state to be more conscious of their security.
"Every body has to be security conscious. Expatriates should be conscious of the threat all over the places. Even if they have to go to work they should vary their routes. Things like nightlives they should also exercise caution in that area. In all they should watch their back always", he counseled
The Police boss later paraded three riffles and sixty rounds of live ammunition recovered from a robbery suspect. He said his men arrested the vehicle the bandits were driving in. Two fled while one was nabbed.
Continuing, he spoke of arrest of some Police men said to be extorting money from motorists and Okada riders. He assured that they would be dismissed from the force if they were found guilty at the end of the day. But he however declined to give the numbers of Policemen affected