Chief Avura Awheme, Special Assistant (SA) on community development to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa had been abducted for over a week now, leaving the entire community of Olomoro in Isoko South local government area of Delta state in panic over the circumstances of the abduction.
|Chief Avura Awheme|
Awheme, was kidnapped by gunmen over a week ago while returning from a trip on property matters. According to a report on the Nation.
The kidnappers of the governor’s aid are still holding him captive despite the fact that they were paid last week Wednesday, for his release and his family haven’t heard from him as at last night.
Reports had it that the abductors are asking for N30 million after they have been paid N5 million ransom.
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A community source said: “They used
Avura’s phone to call and demanded N30 million. The person who picked the call asked for N1 million and cut the line. When another call was established, the demand was negotiated to N5 million. The money
was paid about four days ago. But the kidnappers have not released him.”
The abduction of Awheme was causing panic in the resident. A close associate reports adding that, some people were uncomfortable with the development and were linking the kidnap to his ambition to contest the chairmanship of the local government in the next election.
Quoting his words he said:
“He (Awheme) had gone to settle a property development disagreement
at Olomoro and was returning when he was kidnapped. The matter is seriously heating up Olomoro because our people believe this might have a connection with politics. We believe he ought to have regained his freedom, with all the efforts already made. We just pray they haven’t done anything to him because that may cause a serious crisis in the town.”
A Deputy Supretendent of Police (DSP), Andrew Aniamaka, said the command was working with the vigilantes to rescue the victim.
“A ransom of N30 million was, in fact, demanded. We are not resting on our
oars. Our efforts are being complemented by the vigilantes towards a successful rescue of the victim.” He said.