- The spate of kidnapping across the country has taken a dangerous dimension in recent times
- The dare-devil kidnappers continue to focus their eyes on soft targets in order to make quick money
- In Delta, a couple heading to their wedding venue, were whisked away by armed men suspected to be killer herdsmen
A report by Punch indicates that unknown gunmen suspected to be armed herdsmen kidnapped a couple on the day their marriage ceremony was scheduled - Saturday, February 13.
According to the report, the incident happened along the railway in Emuhu, Agbor, Ika south local government area of Delta state.
It was gathered that the abductors demanded N15 million to release their victims whose names were yet to be identified.
A source quoted in the report said:
“Herdsmen kidnapped lovers whose marriage was slated to hold last Saturday, alongside one other at Railway Emuhu Agbor; demanding 15m for their release.
“Imagine innocent people who supposed to wed and enjoy their marriage being kidnapped. It is very painful.
“Now they are demanding money for their release. Where will they get that kind of money from?”
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu on Monday, February 15 flagged-off a special security action plan, code-named ‘Operation Puff Adder II ’ to reinforce the ongoing fight against banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, and other violent crimes.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by the spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Frank Mba, stated that the new special operation will be intelligence-led and community-driven.
Mba also said the operation will be executed in sustained collaboration with the Armed Forces, the intelligence community, and other sister security agencies.
In a related development, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has launched a new mobile phone app called “NPF Rescue Me.”
The app was launched as a measure to ensure police arrive quickly at crime scenes anywhere in the country.
The newly-launched app is available on Android PlayStore and Apple AppStore for download. A major feature of the app is that a user can press an emergency alert button that automatically goes to the Nigeria Police Force control tower and they can swing to action.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.