By EMMA AMAIZE
FEAR has gripped residents of Delta State following rampant kidnapping in the state.
The police, however, responded to the growing fear, weekend, by raiding suspected kidnappers’ hideouts at Warri, Asaba and other parts of the state in search of moneymaking kidnappers.
Sources also said Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan has given fresh directives to security agencies in the state to arrest the trend.
Investigation by Sunday Vanguard showed that some of the citizens have abandoned their SUVs for cheaper cars following information that kidnappers were targeting owners of high profile cars because they believed that the owners could afford to meet their ransom demands.
The fear of kidnappers has also made some residents to imbibe extra-security measures to protect themselves, as some persons no longer keep late nights.
The Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, and Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, in the state, recently, protested publicly the worrying spate of kidnapping in the state.
Spokesperson of the Delta State Police Command, Mr. Charles Muka, confirmed to Sunday Vanguard, yesterday, that several suspected hideouts of kidnappers were raided by the police.
He did not provide details of the raids, but assured that the state command was not sleeping over the menace of kidnappers.
On the president of Isoko Development Union, IDU, Gregory Akpjene, abducted, few days ago, he said the kidnappers were yet to make contact with the family and manhunt was on for them.
Akpojene, a farmer, was seized by gun totting men who invaded his Otor-Igho country home in Isoko North Local Government Area of the state, as he was about to enter his car.