Army Captain, Ekpe Dennis has been a guest in a kidnapper’s den for over seven months now; that is if he was ever kidnapped. The where-about of this officer of the Nigerian Army, has remained shrouded in secrecy with the family expressing shock and consternation at the attitude of the Nigerian Army at addressing the plight of one of their own.
The story goes that, in the middle of last year, the captain who was on the team of joint operation to rid Abia State of kidnappers had a brush with the son of one south-east governor, who Crime File learnt was on a spree of power show in a super-market and the very next week he disappeared into thin air, never to be seen since then.
All efforts to trace him has failed with a strange feeling on the part of family members that the Army either knows what happened to him or at worst, taking sides with the supposed kidnappers. The family of the captain is asking what happened to the spirit of esprit de corps which is the hallmark of the military.
According to a family source, the aged mother of the captain is demanding to see her son alive or worst still, see his corpse and give him a befitting burial. She insists that if either he or his corpse was not produced she would not believe that her son was kidnapped or dead.
Captain Ekpe was said to be from a Barracks named after President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and was a major player in the smashing of several kidnap gangs in the state.
The family are worried that after his role to end kidnapping in the south east states, the only reward the Nigerian Army which drafted into the assignment could do is to turn a blind eye when he found himself in the den of the kidnappers. The team of military officers known as Operation Jubilee was called to rid Abia State of kidnappers.
LEADERSHIP will bring a full report of the ugly incidents which are raising enquires about the competence of the Nigerian Army and spreading fears that if a Captain of the Nigerian Army could be kidnapped and kept in the Kidnapper’s Den for this long, where should the ordinary Nigerian fly to in time of such danger.