The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, Zaki Ahmed, on Friday, ordered the demolition of a suspected kidnappers’ lodge in Ikot Ntuen Offot in the Uyo Local Government Area of the state.
It was gathered that the lodge was built by the kidnappers allegedly to be used as an abode for their victims, who would mostly be government officials and foreign investors in the state.
The Special Anti-Robbery Squad had cordoned off the building, while journalists and members of the public watched as the bulldozer hired from one of the construction firms reduced the two-bedroom apartment to rubble.
The Personal Adviser to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Security, Capt. Iniobong Ekong (retd), and the Special Assistant on Media, Nduese Essien, also witnessed the demolition, which started at about 7pm.
A source told our correspondent at the scene of the demolition that the leader of the suspected kidnappers, popularly known as Emeka Million, financed the building of the lodge from a ransom of N30m he allegedly collected from a victim during the just concluded general elections.
At a media briefing at the Police headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia, the Police Public Relations Officer for the state, Odiko MacDon, linked the kidnappers with the abduction of an expatriate with Zenith Construction Company, Mbiaya, in the Uruan Local Government Area of the state.
He said that one Gasser Nasser, who was abducted on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, had been rescued by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the state police command.
“On the May 17, 2019, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the command rescued a foreign national, one Gasser Nasser, an employee of Zenith Construction Company, Mbiaya, Uruan, who was abducted on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, by hoodlums, who shot and killed one Sergeant Mohammed,” MacDon stated.
He alleged that the hoodlums were responsible for high-profile kidnapping and murders in the state in the past, including that of Gen. Edet Akpan, and the killing of a monarch, Robert Obot.