By Gladys Nweke
The abduction of an aide to governor Nyesom Wike has continued for days, contrary to public expectation that he would be released soon after. Now, the Rumueprikom Council of Chiefs in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State through their chairman, Prince Weli –Wosu, and two others, have appealed to the kidnappers to release their son unconditionally.
Twelve days after kidnappers abducted Dr Anugbum Onuoha, the Special Adviser on Lands to Governor Nyesom Wike at Ada George Road in Port Harcourt, his whereabouts are still unknown despite the assurance of the police to effect his release.
Dr Onuoha and Wike hail from the same community. Rivers Police Public Relations Officer ( PPRO), Nnamdi Omoni, had assured on the day of the incident that the Command made contact with sister security agencies and other security stakeholders with the aim of ensuring speedy and timely release of the victim.
He had stated thus: “This is unfortunate, and as a Command, we are touched by this development and will go all out to ensure his speedy and timely release. The commissioner of police has given a marching order to all the Tactical Units, including the IGP (Inspector – General of Police ) Monitoring Unit to work round the clock and ensure that the victim is released in record time.
“Contacts have been made with sister security agencies and other security stakeholders in this direction. The Command wishes to appeal to the members of the public, to avail us with useful information that can lead to his unconditional release.
“The public is hereby assured that there is no cause for alarm, as the already existing peace in the state will be sustained.”
But hope seems dim as the aide to Gov Wike is still missing. According to the elders, On behalf of the elders, chiefs and the entire people of Rumuepirikom Kingdom, council wishes to state that we are pained that one of our sons, Dr Onuoha was kidnapped by unknown gunmen, yesterday.
Dr Onuoha is said to be a peace-loving individual, friend and lover of all. “We urge those responsible for such act to release him unconditionally”, his people said.