The reign of kidnappers
SIR: The country is regrettably faced with the menace of kidnapping, among a myriad of social problems. The crime had its origin in militant youths in the Niger Delta who resorted to kidnapping expatriates workers in oil companies in the area to register their displeasure at the devastation of their farmlands and waterways which greatly affected economic life. It has since spread the ugly tentacles to other parts of the country, a development that was attributed to the lucrative business of ransom taking from victims’ families.
Many families have been disconnected while many have even lost dear ones in the process. Really, government is not totally blameless over the ugly episodes, having provided a fertile ground for all manner of social misbehaviour linked to growing unemployment in the country. However, kidnappers should really do a re-think or at least spare the poor people from the harrowing experiences.
Among the hundreds of reported cases, is the mother of Finance Minister Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Her Royal Highness Dr. Okonjo was kidnapped in daylight by her palace courtiers and she was tortured by the miscreants. A ransom of some millions of naira was placed on her head but because of the position her daughter occupies in government, the Presidency moved security operatives to track down the kidnappers. She was later released. Her experience from that unfortunate kidnap she would not forget in a hurry.
About the same time, one Mrs. Regina Okwunodu Dainty Obi (nee Ndabai) was kidnapped by a boy she personally raised like her own son. Sadly, Mrs. Obi was murdered in cold blood when she ordered her children not to pay ransom.
Again in the same Ogwashi-Ukwu kingdom, Ogbe ubu precisely, the family of young Oshili Azuamaka was rounded up by kidnappers at the family house. The assailants vandalised the entire building and took the family away to unknown destination. The building was also torched. The only lucky family member supposedly went to a Christian wake-keep of a family friend in a neighbouring town but returned to an empty home. Good Samaritans advised him to run for safety. Till date, no one knows the whereabouts of young Oshili Azuamaka. What a life!
A certain Regina Mundi, a philanthropic white woman who settled in Aniocha South Local Council Area of Delta State many years ago was painfully murdered by unknown assailants. The police have not been able to unravel the mystery about her killing and no arrest has been made. The list is endless.