By Festus Ahon
ASABA—SUSPECTED kidnappers of the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in charge of Asaba ‘C’ Division, SP Valentine Mbalu, have reportedly established contact with the family.
Recall that the senior police officer was abducted by suspected gunmen last Sunday between Ekwoma and Umunede on the Benin-Asaba-Onitsha Expressway.
A top police source told Vanguard that the abductors spoke with the family Monday night, adding that they were yet to make their demands.
Cross Section of Policemen during the flag off of Operation Harmony in Kafanchan , Kaduna State. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.
The source, who pleaded anonymity, said the kidnappers called twice, Monday night. On whether they spoke with the kidnapped DPO, he declined comment.
Meanwhile, an eyewitness, yesterday, told Vanguard that the kidnappers are herdsmen. The eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, said he was heading to Asaba at about 3:15p.m., when he saw about five men on the other lane shooting at a Toyota Corolla heading towards Agbor.
His words: “It was God that saved me. The one carrying two guns with one hung on his shoulder wanted to cross to my lane, but was stopped by a vehicle which almost killed him. So I was able to escape.
“They were about five, dressed in Hausa attires. My brother, they are herdsmen. They were shooting sporadically at vehicles. Our security agents need to beef up security on the highway.”