Delta Speaker’s Brother, Indian Kidnapped


Kidnappers Monday went on the rampage in Asaba, the Delta state capital, kidnapping four persons at various locations.

Identities of two of the victims could however not be ascertained as at press time, but the other two victims were identified as a younger brother to the Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Victor Ochei and an India national working with Asaba Aluminum Company.

Circumstances surrounding the abduction of the Speaker’s brother who got married a fortnight ago were still sketchy.

Sources say the Indian national was forcefully taken away at his residence on Biose Matthew Avenue, off DLA Road by the gunmen who shot sporadically into the air to scare away any form of resistance.

Public Relations Officer of the Delta State Police Command, DSP Charles Muka confirmed it, saying that his men had already spread their dragnet to track down the hoodlums and free the captive.

He could however not confirm the kidnap of the other victims but a top functionary of the state government said the state capital was under siege by kidnappers “as four persons have been kidnapped since Monday night.”

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The kidnappers were said to have trailed the foreign national who was returning from work to his house and bundled him into their waiting car and zoomed off to an unknown destination.

Meanwhile, a decomposing corpse that posed an epidemic threat to residents of Residents of Osadenis High School Way, Asaba, was yesterday removed after eight days of repeated calls to the relevant authorities.

An eyewitness said the corpse of the decomposing young man was found in the area last week and abandoned till yesterday, oozing serious stench and posing a serious health hazard to the residents who were already contemplating relocating from the area temporary.

The eyewitness said what led to the death of the yet-to-be-identified young man was unknown, adding however that there were bruises on his head with his teeth wide open suggesting that he might have been lynched by unknown persons.

He stated that officials of Oshimili South Local Government Council had earlier inspected the corpse, insinuating that the council authorities might have directed the evacuation of the decomposing corpse.

—Jethro Ibileke/Benin City

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