A former vice chancellor of Delta state university, Abedgnigo Ekoko has been kidnapped. He was abducted yesterday morning as he left the church service in Uzere, Isoko South Local Government Area.
He was snatched just moments after coming out of St. Paul Anglican Church. Abedgnigo Ekoko is the current chairman of the governing council of Delta State polythecnic in Ogwashi-Uku.
Ogwashi-Uku, it would be recalled, was the scene of a recent similar drama when the mother of Coordinating Minister and Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, was kidnapped in the royal palace. The police at that time claimed to have swept up all known kidnappers in the area.
The 72 year-old proffessor was abducted by unknown gunmen who apparently had worshipped at the same service with him.
Following the professor’s abduction, Ogwashi-Uku was again today thrown into panic, but information was sketchy about the incident, with some people believing it may be connected to a crisis that has rocked the community for over two years.
That crisis, which saw the dethronement of a former monarch, Isaac Udogri, has not responded positively to the efforts of the Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan government, which is perceived to be supporting the faction of the deposed monarch.
Today’s kidnap is also seen by some people to reflect the failure of the government’s security agenda, into which has been emptied billions of Naira in security votes.