Delta: Kidnappers Demand N100m Ransom Over Abducted Udu PG Sokoh
… As UPU, Udu Council Chair Condemn Action
The suspected kidnappers of the President General of Udu Kingdom, Chief Steve Sokoh, have contacted his family demanding for N100million for his release.
Sources told THEWILL that the kidnappers had contacted the wife of the victim, demanding N100million but later reduced the ransom to N20million on Friday evening.
The Udu Kingdom President General was abducted on Thursday by unknown gunmen.
Udu Council chairman, Hon. Solomon Kpoma, confirmed that the kidnappers have communicated with the wife of Chief Sokoh, demanding for N20million ransom before he would be released.
He however appealed to the family, youths and residents of Udu to remain calm and go about their normal businesses, adding that the security agents have been informed and they are working to ensure that the Chief is released.
Meanwhile, condemnations have continued to trail the abduction of the community leader as his whereabouts have remained unknown.
The Urhobo cultural organisation, the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), Worldwide, the Udu Local Government Council Chairman, Hon. Solomon Kpoma as well as the UPU Youth Wing World-Wide have condemned in its entirety the abduction of Sokoh.
UPU's President General, Chief Joe Omene, has given the kidnappers 24 hours ultimatum to release the victim.
Omene noted that if they find out that the kidnapping is politically motivated, the body will ensure those behind the act are brought to book and dealt with appropriately.
In the same vein, the UPU Youth Wing, speaking through Comrade Lucky Sorhue, said the entire youths in Urhobo nation have declared war on the kidnappers.
He said that the body will work with security agencies to ensure that Chief Sokoh is released unconditionally.
“We the Urhobo youths will fight like a wounded lion, if the agency doesn't take this matter serious, the UPU youth wing will embark on house-to-house search for the release of Chief Sokoh.
Sorhue however called on the leadership of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Itsekiri Youth Congress as well as the Isoko National Youth Assembly (INYA) to assist in the search of the kidnapped President General in their various areas.