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Feb 28, 2023

A prominent chief in Mbiri Kingdom in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State, High Chief Elue Uzoka Martins has cried out after he recently regained freedom from his abductors.

Chief Martins, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Mbiri and Coordinator security to APC in Ika North East, was said to have been kidnapped a day before the just-concluded presidential election at the office of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Owa-Oyibu.

Narrating his ordeal to news men, Chief Elue Uzoka Martins said on that fateful day, he was at INEC office just like others to inspect the election materials brought to INEC and to ensure that the materials arrived safely at the designated wards where they will be distributed to the respective polling units.


He disclosed that they were still there when some thugs came after him and whisked him away.

In his words, “Political thugs and other fake security agents who were putting on police uniform and black jackets with the inscription of police on it, were among the people who kidnapped me;

Speaking further, Chief Elue said,” They took away all my belongings, tied my hands and took me to the bush along the railway”.

According to him, “From the railway, they took me to a place around Ugbala Hotel where they perpetuated evil; they tortured me, and threatened to kill me; Thereafter, they took me to Asaba and locked me in a particular office”.

“My people of Mbiri Kingdom staged a protest demanding for my release; they said without my release, there will be no election in Mbiri; My people never knew those who abducted me but some PDP members knew those that abducted me because they were the one who gave my identity to my abductors”.

Continuing, he said, “Right inside the INEC office, where they abducted me, they took away all my belongings, my money, wrist watch, bunch of keys, my shoe, and I was stripped naked.

“They did all these under the supervision of the police; when I see some the police officers, I will be able to know them; they thought I was dead.

“The same PDP people who gave my name to my abductors started calling, requesting for my release, saying that there was a serious protest in Mbiri, as the people were saying that election will not hold in Mbiri unless I am released as such, election did not hold in Mbiri until 2pm,” Chief Elue Uzoka Martins concluded.

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