By Festus Ahon, Aghelli
PANDEMONUIM broke out in Awhire-Agbarha-Otor, Ughelli North Local Government Area, Delta State, recently, when suspected gunmen invaded the community’s secondary school and kidnapped two teachers and one engineer attached to a contracting firm working in the community.
The kidnappers numbering three, Saturday Vanguard gathered stormed the school premises at about midday armed to the teeth, took the three victims in the full glare of the students and other teachers of the school who watched helplessly.
Giving the names of the two teachers as Mrs Elizabeth Ureubu and Mr Emma Ekperu, the dependable source who pleaded anonymity said the kidnappers who came in a motor bike, also kidnapped one engineer working with a contractor in the community on their way out. Lamenting that the teachers were driven out of the school premises in the Honda Accord car belonging to Mrs Elizabeth Ureubu, the source said they immediately alerted the police and other security agents of the development.
According to the source, the Honda Accord car was later found same day at Omovwodoiribo-Agbarha-otor, a nearby village, abandoned, adding that; “the car has since been towed to the Agbarha-otor police station.”
On whether contact has been established with the suspected kidnappers, the source said no, decrying that; “the whereabouts of the teachers are still not known as I speak with you. We have resigned to fate; believing God for His intervention. Since that day the incident happened till this very moment, nobody has heard from them”. Confirming the incident, the Area Commander, Ughelli Area Command, Mr Awosola Awotunde said the police was on top of the matter, expressing hope that the kidnappers would be arrested and brought to book.
Awotunde said the police was out to check crime in the area, saying that; “this area is not a safe haven for criminals. We are working round the clock to ensure the safety of lives and property.