By Austin Ogwuda
ASABAâ€”MOTHER of the member of the Delta State House of Assembly representing Ndokwa West constituency, Mr. Emeke Ukpe, abducted from Kwale last Thursday has been released from captivity, while three persons have been arrested.
It was not clear whether the N100 million ransom demanded by the kidnappers was paid or not, but family source merely told Vanguard on phone yesterday afternoon that â€œshe has been released from a hideout in Benin Cityâ€.
The 71-year-old mother of the legislator, Madam Comfort Ukpe, was abducted at a petrol station owned by her at Kwale by some gunmen.
State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Charles Muka, in confirming the arrest, said that â€œthree self-confessed suspects have been arrested and one of the suspects claims to be a soldier manâ€.
Meanwhile, members of the state Assembly have passed a resolution calling on the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Yakubu Alkali, to enforce the ban prohibiting the commercial motorcyclists, popularly called Okada riders, from operating beyond 7:00 pm.
This followed a motion moved by the member representing Bomadi constituency, Mr. Reginald Dombraye, calling on the state police commissioner to arrest and prosecute offenders without exemption.
The lawmakers, in contributing to the debate, decried the practice whereby policemen use their motorcycles beyond 7:00pm carrying passengers.
It will be recalled that Vanguard had sometime ago carried a report on the illegal operation of policemen using their motorcycles on commercial purpose at night in disobedience to the ban.