THE fragile peace in Uzere community, Isoko South Local Government Area, Delta State, was, Sunday, shattered, following the kidnap of the Chairman, Governing Council, of the state Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku, Professor Abednego Ekoko, by gunmen.
Ekoko, it was gathered, was driving into his country home on his way from Oleh, where he attended a church service, when he was abducted at the gate and whisked away in a Toyota Sienna car to an unknown destination by the heavily armed kidnappers numbering four.
A source who craved anonymity, said the renowned educationist was with his daughter and a driver in his car when the kidnappers swooped on him, adding that the hoodlums shot sporadically into the air before they bundled their victim into the waiting car and sped off.
When our correspondent visited the community, which had been embroiled in kingship tussle, yesterday, residents were still wearing mournful looks. A few of them who spoke with Vanguard, described Professor Ekoko as a man who has the interest of his community at heart.
The people, who do not want their names in print, appealed to the kidnappers to release Professor Ekoko unhurt. The source said the kidnappers had not established contact with the Ekoko family.
Confirming the incident, a senior police officer attached to Oleh Police Division, who pleaded anonymity, said no arrest had been made. He said the police had commenced investigation into the matter, expressing optimism that the suspected kidnappers would be apprehended and brought to book.