Armed men suspected to be kidnappers, on Wednesday, abducted a retired senior officer of the Department of State Security (DSS), Peter Unogwu popularly known as Naraguta in Benue State.
The victim, according to source, who operates an hotel in Igumale, headquarters of Ado local government area of the state, was said to be travelling on the Otukpo-Utonkon- Igumale road when the suspected kidnappers stopped his car and forcefully took him to an unknown place.
The source who simply identified himself as Onazi Agbo, told our correspondent on phone, that the retired DSS Officer who at a time served as Chief Security Officer of Chevron Nigeria Limited, was kidnapped on the road.
“He was coming from Otukpo to Igumale and on approaching Igumale at the site of the proposed Igumale cement factory when some men waylaid him and forcefully took him away.
“The incident happened around 5pm yesterday (Wednesday).
Agbo called on security agencies to intervene in the security challenges confronting Igumale community, saying the local government headquarters is no longer safe for them as kidnapping had become a routine.
Naraguta abduction came barely one month after a popular businessman from the area was kidnapped and made to pay millions of naira before he was released from the kidnappers den.
As at the time of filing this report, the kidnappers were yet to open contact with the family of the victim.
When contacted, the State Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Catherine Anene confirmed the abduction of the retired DSS Officer but said that police were on the trail of the kidnappers.
Anene said, “the former DSS man was kidnapped yesterday (Wednesday) our men are already trailing the kidnappers”.