Delta State Police Command on Thursday restated its commitment to tracking down of the abductors of Ebikeme, son of elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark.
Ebikeme was abducted by unidentified gunmen from his hometown of Kiagbodo in Burutu Loval Government Area of Delta State, on Wednesday.
The police said that they have commenced investigation into the reported abduction and vowed to track-down the kidnappers and secure the release of the politician who contested the last election into the Burutu Federal Constituency in Delta State.
“The state police command is doing everything humanly possible to rescue the victim” whose whereabouts was still unknown, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Celestina Kalu, said on Thursday. “However, with God on our side, we hope to succeed in this mission.”
Kalu nonetheless appealed to the victim’s father and other members of the family to remain calm not to worry, assuring that “the long arm of the law will soon catch up with the hoodlums”.
Ebikeme was reported to have warned those with penchant to rig elections to steer clear of 2015 elections or be lynched by the people who he said were more prepared more than ever before to defend their votes.
However, sadness enveloped the country home of Chief Clark on Thursday as neither the police nor family members could say whether the kidnappers have made any contacts or demands since their victim was whisked away via the waterway route they entered Burutu.
In another development, the police spokeswoman also appealed to members of the Warri branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to exercise restraint over the gruesome killing of town of their members last week.
She assured that the police were not resting on their oars concerning the matter.
“We have strategized in our determined efforts to unravel the killings and bring the perpetrators to justice”, she said, adding that though police were not magicians, “The killers must be apprehended and I can tell you we have spread our dragnet to apprehend the killers”.
The NBA Warri had earlier in the week petitioned the Inspector-General of Police over the killing by gunmen of Messrs Horace Eguono Diafiaghor and Samuel Ekuwanju agharunju on Thursday, March 27, 2014 along Ughelli-Oleh Road.
The deceased were going to the High Court Ozoro, Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State for a ruling on a kidnap case in which they were defence lawyers for a suspected standing trial for the June 2012 kidnap of the son of Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay, secretary to the state government (SSG).