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Rivers lawmaker demands kidnapped monarch’s unconditional release

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By Amaechi Okonkwo, Port Harcourt

The member representing the Andoni/Opopo/Nkoro Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives Awaji Inumbek-Abiante has called on the kidnappers of Dr. Aaron Ikuru, Okanama of Ikuru in Andoni local government area of Rivers state to release him unconditionally.

In a statement Ikuru issued in Port Harcourt on Monday he demanded the release of Dr Jones Ayauwo, lecturer at the Linguistics Department of the University of Port Harcourt who was abducted also on Sunday while on as assignment for the development of the area.

Abiante who condemned the two incidents stated that such conducts impeded development as it portrayed the Opobo nation in bad light, saying that the kidnap of the King of Ikuru was a desecration of the revered tradition, culture and belief of the people.

Meanwhile the Rivers state police command has confirmed the incident which has received wide condemnation across Rivers state.

While the traditional ruler was kidnapped on Sunday at Ikuru Town in Andoni local government area of Rivers state, the lecture was, according to the police, abducted by gunmen at Bori in Khana local government of the state same Sunday.

The spokesperson of the command, SP Nnamdi Omoni, said the command had begun moves to rescue the two abductees and assured that they would be released in no record time.

According to Omoni, the Ikuru king was abducted at about 6pm on Sunday while he was returning from an event at Andoni local government area.

He said that the police had launched a coordinated search for the rescue of the kidnapped victims, adding that the command was making efforts to ensure that they were released as soon as possible.

He also disclosed that the police were yet to establish contact with the kidnappers but assured Andoni people that the government recognised first-class traditional ruler and lecturer will soon regain their freedom.

The PPRO said; “We want to confirm the kidnap of the traditional ruler in Ikuru who was abducted on Sunday and taken to an unknown destination. We are still making efforts to get him out.

“Second one is Bori in Khana local government, where a lecturer was abducted and taken away by unknown gunmen. As we speak, we have our men combing bushes and creeks to ensure that both the traditional ruler and lecturer were released on time. We are sparing no efforts in ensuring that they are released as quickly as possible.”

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