- NEMA making move to secure the release of four abducted staff.
- Kidnappers demand 40m Ransom.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said that it is making efforts to ensure the release of its abducted staff.
According to security sources said, the four emergency workers; three men and a woman were kidnapped on Wednesday when returning from an assignment at Abua-Odua Local Government near Ahoada, Rivers State.
They were abducted after conducting an enumeration exercise to determine the number of farmers who were either affected by flood or conflicts to benefit from the National Emergency Agricultural Intervention Fund.
iDONSABI gathered that one of the personnel, Minafel Ikisikpo who was shot and seriously injured managed to escape the attack after pretending to be dead.
Meanwhile, the Kidnappers of the NEMA personnel are demanding a ransom of N40 million.
The four staff in the abductors’ custody are Julius Alunomoh, Damian Egwu, Olisa Ojukwu and Chidiebere Wendy, the only female staff.
It was gathered that the kidnappers had made a contact and asked for N10 million ransom for each of their captives while threatening to keep their victims hostage if their demand was not met quickly.
Vincent Owan, Director, Disaster Risk Reduction, NEMA, who revealed the move at a press briefing with newsmen in Port Harcourt said that the national food security intervention was going on in 17 states, including Rivers.
He, therefore, said the intervention Rivers state will be suspended because it has to see to the release of the staff before going back to the field to continue with the programme.
The director, who pointed the displeasure of the agency about the incident said the family of the abducted persons have received calls from the kidnappers asking for ransom before they release them.