MEND ac­cuses Clark’s son of mas­ter­mind­ing kid­nap

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Vic­tor Edozie, Port Har­court

The Move­ment for the Eman­ci­pa­tion of the Niger Delta (MEND) yes­ter­day ac­cused Ebikeme Clark, son of Ijaw leader, Chief Ed­win Clark, of “mas­ter­mind­ing his ab­duc­tion to ex­tort money from Delta State govern­ment”.

Ebikeme was ab­ducted last week by un­known gun­men who were said to have de­manded a ran­som of N60 mil­lion for his re­lease. He later re­gained free­dom shortly af­ter Ijaw youths led by Govern­ment Tom­polo mounted pres­sure on the ab­duc­tors, it was gath­ered.

MEND, in a state­ment is­sued in Port Har­court and signed by its spokesman, Bomo Jomo, al­leged that the ab­duc­tion, “was a clev­erly or­ches­trated fraud mas­ter­minded by Ebikeme”.

Jomo al­leged that a ran­som of N500 mil­lion was paid by the Delta State govern­ment to “those in­volved in the scam”.

“It is rather un­for­tu­nate that in a des­per­ate bid for rel­e­vance and ex­tra funds to main­tain a pri­vate jet, cer­tain un­scrupu­lous per­sons, in­clud­ing the Delta State po­lice will con­spire to de­ceive Nige­ri­ans with a phan­tom ab­duc­tion and re­lease of the so-called hostage,” the group said.

How­ever, the Delta State Po­lice Com­mand spokesper­son, Ce­lestina Kalu, who con­firmed Ebikeme’s re­lease on Sun­day, said the vic­tim was set free with­out a ran­som.

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