Police authorities have confirmed the abduction of a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP Ibrahim, Isaq, spokesman of the Nigeria police said on Sunday evening shortly after the hoodlums demanded for the sum of N50 million ransom to release the hostage.
SP. Kotongs Bello, the spokesman of the police, Edo State Command said, Ibrahim, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Fugar Police Division in Etsako Central Local Government Area of the State, was traveling in a private vehicle with his orderly, simply identified as Sergeant Aliu, both in mufti, when the gunmen intercepted them to Agenebode, Estako East Local Government Area of the State on Friday.
Kontongs in a statement he issued on behalf of the State Commissioner of police in the State, Phillip Ogbaudu, explained that while the DPO’s orderly escaped, the gunmen took the DPO into the bush.
He said the Commissioner, enjoined the general public to remain calm and go about their lawful business as the Command is on top of the situation.
According to the statement, “This is to confirm to the members of the press and the general public that DPO Fugar division of Edo State police command CSP Ibrahim Ishaq was kidnapped on 26/11/2021 at about 1820hrs.
“The DPO was en route to Aghenebode in a private vehicle with his Orderly, one Sgt Aliu who were both on mufty. They were accosted at Ekwuosor by hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers.
“The armed men suddenly emerged from the bush and opened fire on their private vehicle forcing them to stop. They however whisked CSP Ibrahim Ishaq into the bush while the orderly managed to escape”, according to the statement
Responding to the incident, Fugar Progressive Union (FPU), Mr. Solomon Obomighie, demanded the immediate release of CSP Ibrahim Aliyu Ishaq.
The national public relations officer of the group made the appeal in a statement on Sunday.
He lamented that the abduction which he claimed is unbecoming in Nigeria, and justification for the wake-up call for concerned authorities to tighten security in various Communities.
Obomighie, alleged that the kidnap of the police officer, bears testament to the worrisome and tense security situation in the land, adding that “If a Chief law officer can be abducted, who else is safe?”.
“While we pray for the quick and safe return of the DPO, we call on all Fugar people, particularly at home not to panic as the newly reinvigorated Fugar Vigilante Squad, which is part of the Edo Security Network, in collaboration with the security agencies, are working round the clock to ensure the safe return and safety of all Fugar people”, he pleaded.