The son of Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark Ebikeme Clark, plotted his own abduction to extort money from Delta State Government according to The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).
Clark's Son Plotted Own Kidnap, Scammed Delta Govt. – MEND
MEND says Delta state govt. has been conned by son of Ijaw leader Edwin Clark who feigned his own kidnap.
MEND spokesman Bomo Jomo, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, alleged that the abduction was orchestrated by Mr Ebikeme Clark himself.
"Mr Ebikeme is following the footsteps of his father where the Senior Clark is amongst those that hatched the fraudulent Niger Delta Amnesty Programme which has only made billionaires of a few thugs and him, at the detriment of millions of impoverished indigenes and the peace and security in the region,” Bomo said.
Jomo also claims that the Delta State Government paid a N500Million ransom from its security vote and that the sum was shared amongst all those involved in this scam before Ebikeme regained his freedom.
He accused the Delta State police command of being in the know of 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, release of the so-called hostage," the statement read.
It will be recalled that unknown gunmen abducted Ebikeme last week, with a N60m demanded for his release.
Though it was not confirmed if any ransom was paid, the elder statesman’s son regained his freedom shortly after Ijaw youths lead by Government Tompolo mounted pressure on the abductors to free him.
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