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Fresh storm over alleged kidnap of Ugborodo leader

Emma Amaize & Emma Arubi

27 December 2012 Sweetcrude, Warri — Fresh controversy is trailing the purported kidnap of embattled Eghare-Aja (community leader), Chief Wellington Ojogor, of oil-rich Ugborodo community, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State.

Chief Ojogor was allegedly abducted, first on November 12, in Warri, and whisked away to Ugborodo, but the community leader refuted the claim 24 hours later.

One of his sons, Mr. Oyebo Ojogor, who spoke to Sweetcrude, said his father was abducted by some of his brothers and some members of a rival faction in the Ugborodo leadership crisis, while attempting to force his unwilling father to sign some documents for them.

He said: “My father and a man, who is working for us were kidnapped and taken to an unknown destination. I was told that they first took him to Warri and later to an undisclosed place in Benin City, Edo State.”

Meanwhile, his brother, Tuoyo, said he, his eldest brother and others, only went to rescue their father from Ugborodo because of his failing health.

He said Chief Ojogor, was seized by three of his brothers from Warri on November 12 and taken to Ugborodo, adding that worried members of the family took him away to the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, in Benin-City, where he volunteered statement on his earlier kidnap.

Tuoyo explained that after making statement to the police, his father was taken to Delta State Teaching Hospital, Oghara, where he is currently receiving medical attention. However, Oyebo disagreed, saying his brothers were playing politics with the life of their father.

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