Niger Delta militants abduct four Itsekiri leaders

By Fegor Oghene, Asaba

The Delta Police Command has confirmed the abduction of four Itsekiri leaders and some officials of Elcrest, an indigenous firm, by suspected militants operating in the creeks of Delta State.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the abduction to the newsmen in Warri, Delta, on Friday.

“The police backed by the military are on the trail of the hoodlums,” Aniamaka said.

Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre of Operations Delta Safe (OPDS), Maj. Abubakar Abdullahi also said that OPDS was on top of the situation.

A reliable source in Warri said that the victims were kidnapped in a community in Benin River in Warri North Local Government Area at 5:00p.m. on Tuesday when they were returning from Ureju Community.

“The community leaders had gone to show the officials of Elcrest, a location for the firm’s proposed free medical outreach.

“The kidnappers are demanding a ransom of N36 million from the company and also requesting their inclusion in the company’s payroll,” the source said.

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