Source: DENNIS OTU
THE National President of the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) youth wing also known as “Ighele ’R Urhobo”, the apex socio-cultural organization of the Urhobo people worldwide, Comrade Ovie Igho Anthony was kidnapped yesterday, 6th May 2016.
Our Correspondent was reliably informed that the youth leader was kidnapped at a gun point at about 9pm while returning from a meeting held at the Urhobo Cultural Centre in Warri to Abraka, where he resides, when the gunmen laid ambush on him along the PTI Effurun/Abraka road.
Anthony, along four other members of the union were travelling on the official bus of the youth wing of the UPU otherwise known as Ighelle R’ Urhobo when they ran into the hoodlums who robbed them of all belongings, before disappearing into the night with their victim.
A source who pleaded for anonymity told our correspondent that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has been briefed of the incident and has called security chiefs in the state to ensure that he was rescued immediately.
A friend of the victim, Eric Okunima confirmed the incident to our correspondent, adding that the hoodlums had not established any contact with the family.
DSP Celestina Kalu, Spokesperson of the Delta State Police Command also confirmed the development when contacted.
According to her, men of the anti-kidnapping team and military personnel as well as local vigilante groups have been dispatched to rescue the foremost Niger Delta youth leader.
The police Image-maker also warned those behind the abduction to immediately free him before they are track down. His whereabouts remained unknown even at the time of filing this report.
Confirming the abduction of the Urhobo youth leader, UPU President General, Chief Joe Omene when contacted stated that the victim was returning from an Urhobo youth meeting in Warri in company of three others when the gunmen struck. According to him, “they were heading to Abraka from Warri when the hoodlums waylaid them and robbed them of their items before taking Mr. Igho into the bush.”
Giving details of the incident, a member of the UPU youth wing executive who spoke on condition of anonymity hinted that the victims ran into a barricade setup on the road by the gunmen who immediately stormed their vehicle at gunpoint and whisked the youth president into the bush through a bush path.
The PTI Effurun-Eku-Abraka route has become safe haven for gunmen especially at night due to the bad state of the road as several persons have been kidnapped along the road in recent past.
As at this morning, the hoodlums are yet to make contact with the family or members of the UPU on the release of the victim.