By Ugochukwu Alaribe
ABA—A widow, Victoria Nwankwo, mother of Daniel Nwankwo, a Police Sergeant serving at the Akwa Ibom State Command, whose whereabouts has remained unknown since April 21, has petitioned the Inspector General, Ibrahim Idris, begging that her son be released to her— dead or alive.
Daniel and some of his colleagues were said to have been attacked by a gang of hoodlums, as they went to arrest a suspected criminal gang at Obot Ndom community in Etinan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, and has not been seen since.
In an interview with Vanguard, Mrs Nwankwo, aged 78, lamented that it is shocking that the Police are yet to make any statement concerning the fate that may have befallen the missing policemen four months after the incident.
She disclosed that her efforts to see the former Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Don Awunah, and the Officer in charge of Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Command, Sadi Ado, did not work until they were transferred out of the state.
She begged: “I want the Inspector General of Police to produce my son, dead or alive. It is over four months now that my son, who is serving his fatherland, went missing and the Police have not said anything.
“Is it a crime for one to serve his fatherland? Even the Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State and the OC, Anti-Kidnapping have been transferred out of the state. I don’t know if it was done to cover the story of what happened to my son.
“The continued silence of the Police is suspicious.”
Contacted, Police Public Relations Officer, Akwa Ibom State Command, Mr. Ikechukwu Chukwu, said he has no comment on the incident as the Commissioner of Police, who was in charge at the time of the incident, has been redeployed.
He invited Vanguard to the state’s Police headquarters to meet with the new Commissioner.