Gunmen Kidnap Naval Officer In Delta, Demand N5m Ransom

Some unknown gunmen have reportedly kidnapped an officer of the Nigerian Navy, identified as Kola Omoniyi, along the Benin-Sapele-Warri Highway in the Okpe area of Delta State.

It was gathered that the officer was riding in his

Toyota Picnic from Sapele enroute to Warri when he was waylaid by the hoodlums last Monday.

Security sources told Southern City News on Thursday that Omoniyi is attached to one the naval formations in the state and was new in the state.

One of our sources explained that the victim was in Delta for a course at the Navy Engineering College, Sapele.

Unconfirmed reports had it that the abductors of the naval officer were demanding a ransom of about N5m for his release.

Efforts to get exact naval formation that the victim was posted to proved abortive till the time of filing this report.

Also, the commanders of the Nigerian Navy Ship Delta, Warri Naval Base and the Nigerian Navy College of Engineering, Sapele could not be reached on telephone as their network providers indicated that their lines were not available.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the abduction of Omoniyi.

Aniamaka said the state police command had already activated an operation for the rescue of the naval officer.

He also disclosed that some suspects had been arrested in connection with the incident, saying that the main concern of the police was to rescue Omoniyi alive.

He said, “We have arrested some suspects regarding the abduction. What we are seriously concerned with right now is how to rescue the victim unhurt.

“Our men have been combing the area to rescue him and by the help of God we will do so.”

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