UYO—FORMER Military Governor of Ogun and Rivers States, Air Commodore Sam Ewang (rtd), yesterday, appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State and the Inspector General of Police, to assist in ensuring that his wife who has been in kidnappers’ den for 13 days regained her freedom.
Ewang said in a statement entitled: “Plea for release of wife in kidnappers’ den,” that a new dimension has been introduced by the kidnappers of his wife in captivity.
He said when he solicited the assistance of Governor Akpabio, last Wednesday, he promised that the security agencies under his command would ensure that Ewang’s wife was released within 48 hours but that his wife was still being held
Ewang said: “The kidnappers’ link person had earlier communicated with me demanding N300million ransom which I referred to some other persons to continue with the negotiation. After the expiration of Governor Akpabio’s promise with no result, we continued with the kidnapper’s link man and at the end a negotiated amount of N25million was arrived at.
“Two days ago, one of my drivers and a personal assistant were sent to meet with the kidnappers with the sum but the two persons were seized together with the vehicle they went with, even after collection of the sum by the kidnappers. My wife remains in captivity.
“Yesterday, my driver appeared without my personal assistant, my wife and the car. He reported that the car was burnt by the kidnappers. The driver, with the message received from the kidnappers confirmed that the kidnappers would want a further N100million before my wife could be released as, according to the kidnappers, the instruction from ‘above’ indicated that my wife should not be released for now.
“It is on record that I was the once the military governor of Ogun State and later that of Rivers State that midwifed the democratic governance. It is instructive that my wife was kidnapped barely three days after I declared my intention to contest, in 2011, for the position of Governor of Akwa Ibom State under ANPP; not even the PDP.
“Among the earlier demands of my wife’s captors was that I must withdraw from the governorship contest. This is a further appeal to all concerned (President Jonathan, Governor Akpabio, IGP Ringim, Akwa Ibom CP, Rugbere) to please ensure that my wife and my PA are set free.”