Outrage has continued to trail the kidnap of one Akpanabia Kelvin Udoworen, a youth corps member currently serving in Birnin Kebbi, capital of Kebbi State.
According to family sources, Udoworen, son of the president of a prominent socio-cultural organisation, Esop Ikpaisong Afaha (EIA) in Ukanafun local government area of Akwa Ibom State, was seized by armed hoodlums in his village, Nto Okon Usung Itike, at the weekend.
LEADERSHIP learnt that the victim, travelled all the way from Kebbi, to visit his parents after completing his mandatory orientation exercise and was discharged from the camp.
“He arrived on Friday and the following day, Saturday, the hoodlums got wind of his arrival and stormed the compound at Nto Okon Usung Itike, to whisk him away after brandishing AK-47 rifles and machetes”, a family source who would not want his name in print told our correspondent.
Although no contact has yet been made with a view to ascertaining the demands of the kidnappers, it was gathered that the militants, mostly of the Iceland cult groups, have been kidnapping people for ransom in the last two years, forcing Governor Udom Emmanuel to outlaw no fewer than 33 cult groups.
The commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, could not pick his calls to confirm the matter, but the police public relations officer (PPRO), DSP Odiko Macdon, said he was yet to be briefed by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in-charge of Ukanafun.
In recent times, the state police command has intensified operations against kidnappers, raiding their camps in Okoyo, Ikot Akpan Ayara and other locations and rescued several kidnap victims.