19 June 2011
AN old resident of Sapele in Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State told Vanguard, last week, a story of how a criminal that is trained in Sapele would always outclass his colleague elsewhere, no matter the circumstance, simply because he is Sapele-trained.
There is no logic in the hypothesis, but with what kidnapping has been turned into in the timber city, you need no more substantiation.
In the beginning, June 15, 2007, when two Indians, Murughan Gopal and Anthony Marian, working for an Oghara-based rubber firm were kidnapped at Akintola Junction, Sapele by profit-making militants, barely two weeks after Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan assumed office during his first tenure, many thought it was a rude joke, as the Delta Waterways Security Committee, DWSC, just inaugurated by the governor, stormed the camp of the militants to secure the release of the victims, and later in collaboration with the Joint Task Force, JTF, Niger Delta, entrapped two of the kidnappers.
The rate of kidnapping is, however, alarming at the moment. Worried by the menace, women in Sapele, were said to have protested naked, last month, in the dark hours to demand an end to criminality in the land. The women numbering over 100 marched through various streets, invoking curses on kidnappers and their sponsors.