Friday, January 15, 2010

Gunmen kidnap director in Abuja

Twelve days after his kidnap by unidentified gunmen in Abuja, an assistant director with the National Planning Commission Chief Oluwole Adelana is still missing and his abductors have not yet contacted his family.

Adelana was grabbed at the Garki Area 1 of Abuja at about 10pm on January 3, while he was on his way back from his hometown Idoani in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State, a family source told Daily Trust yesterday.

Investigations by the FCT police special anti-robbery squad led to the finding along Damaturu-Maiduguri road of the burnt remains of the Toyota Camry car in which Adelana was kidnapped, the source said.

Daily Trust learnt that at least two persons were being questioned at the anti-robbery squad office in connection with the kidnap.

Sources said a friend of Adelana's witnessed the incident and immediately contacted another friend of theirs, who later informed the victim's family about the kidnap. The family in turn reported to the police same night.

The abduction of Adelana was confirmed yesterday by his cousin, Mr Duro Aderobagun, who said that the family was worried especially because no one has yet contacted them for ransom or with information on the missing assistant director.

FCT police public relations officer Jimoh Moshood said he had not been briefed on the matter.

When asked who the family reported the case to, the victim's cousin Aderobagun said the incident was reported to the special anti-robbery squad, and the National Planning Minister had also written to Inspector General of Police Ogbonna Onovo on the kidnap.

But deputy public relations officer at the police force headquarters in Abuja, Mr. Yemi Ajayi, said he was not briefed on whether the IG received a letter from the minister.

A police official, who would not want to be named because he was not in a position to speak to the press, told Daily Trust that the matter was duly reported and was being investigated.

Adelana had served at various times in the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation and the Millennium Development Goals in Abuja.

Daily Trust

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