From Ochei Matthew, Asaba
Commissioner of Police (CP) Delta State, Alkali Baba Usman, has said that the activities of Fulani herdsmen in Delta state have become a thorn in the flesh of the command.
Alkali stated this at the weekend in Asaba while parading six Fulani herdsmen who allegedly kidnapped and subsequently murder the Ubulu-uku monarch in Aniocha South Local government of Delta state, late Obi Edward Akaeze Ofulue III.
According to the CP, on January 5, 2016, the Obi was kidnapped and led into the bush while his car was left behind with the engine on. The police, vigilante group and palace quads on search later discovered the car.
He noted that the suspects contacted the Obi’s family members using the Obi’s phone and demanded for ransom on the January 6. “While this was on, one Pastor Afamefuna Charles Ugbo was found wandering and taken to Umunede Police Station and confirmed being kidnapped together with the Obi,” he added.
However, Alkali said in the course of investigation, the late Obi’s Samsung handset was recovered from one Jamilu Ahmed at Abraka market, Asaba.
“The suspect’s useful statement led to the arrest of one Garba Abubakar a.k.a Dogo who is the leader of the gang in Alfarma Village in Gangaza LGA of Sokoto State, Suleiman Musa who is the second in command of the kidnap gang, Farida Abubakar ‘f’ who was arrested in Ngurore town of Adanawa State with the handset of the kidnapped victim and three others,” the CP stated.
Admitting to the crime, the second in command of the gang, Suleiman Musa, said that they only blocked the car to rob but decided to kidnap him because they discovered that the man was a rich man.
Meanwhile Afamefuna has narrated his ordeal in the hand of his kidnappers. He said: “Luck was on my side. These Fulani people were out to kill us. One of the gang members decided to kill us after three days in the bush without eating. But we said instead of staying and see our death, I and the late Obi decided to run immediately the Fulani man remove the black mask and wore a red mask in order shoot us. We took the decision that it was better to be shot at the back.
“I heard three gunshot as I ran away running. Possibly, the Obi could not make. It was a thick forest and it took security men seven days before the Obi’s body was found,” Afamefuna narrated.