Kidnapping and hostage-taking have become the order of the day in Port Harcourt, causing the people to live in perpetual fear, and the government seems to have lost out in the war against criminality.
Recently, the state governor, Nyesom Wike, sacked and later reinstated some local government chairmen, cautioning them to ensure sanity returned to their local government areas.
Also, chiefs, paramount rulers were issued ultimatum by the governor to end the lingering criminal activities or risk being dethroned. But all the threats appear to have amounted to nothing.
While security operatives concentrated on big cities and local government areas in Rivers state, hoodlums dazed members of the Eneka Community in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers state with the kidnap of a six year old Eleazu Hachikaru Delight.
Delight, the last child of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Eleazu, indigene and residents of the community was kidnapped penultimate along the Rumuowha road of Eneka community. The devastated family is yet to be given a clue on the whereabouts of their child as her kidnappers are yet to be reached.
Speaking with TNN, Mr. Edwin Eleazu, narrated the sad story: “It was on Sunday, my wife was going to a meeting, Delight insisted that she must follow her so my wife took her along, opposite Chukwuka's market is where late Amadi's wife sells garri and plantain. So, Delight and my wife agreed that Delight should stay with her 8-year old daughter in their shop, since the mother was going with my wife for the same meeting”.
“According to the girl, a man came with N1000 to buy plantain, she told the man that there was no change; my daughter now opted to follow him and look for change. While they were going, my wife was returning home, she saw our daughter, Delight and asked her where she was going. With the N1000 in her hand, she answered that she was looking for change and my wife left her, only for us to hear that she was put into a car and that was all”.
Explaining his visit to the Rivers state police command, Mr. Edwin said: “I have reported to the police, they asked me to come for the extract today but I will do that tomorrow, I'm begging those in possession of my child to please return her to me, they should return my innocent child. Delight is very special; she is the only one of all my children that calls me on phone asking if am on my way back, what I will eat, telling me what to buy for her mum and the family.
“Delight calls me with her mum or sister's phone to say daddy there is no food in the house, we want to eat cat fish, please buy when coming back. Uptil now, not even a call or progress story from anywhere on the whereabouts of my child”.
Reacting to if he had any clue on who would possibly be responsible for the incident, he said “I don't know. Delight is very smart, am sure that they used medicine on her which also affected her mother. If not, how would you see your six year old child you left somewhere, a child you were suppose to come back home with, and just allow her like that”.
TNN was unable to extract comments from the mother who was soaked in tears and was being consoled by members of the community. But the elder sister to the missing child, Joy Eleazu consented to speak on her behalf:
“ I believe God that my sister will return, I have been seeing her in my dreams, even my aunt saw Delight in her dream too and she was telling my aunt in that dream to run away that her kidnappers will kill her if they catch her, she told her to tell us to stop crying, that the people that kidnapped her will surely return her back to where they took her from. We are very hopeful, we've gone to churches, people are praying daily for her, for me that's all we need now, she will be back”.
She appealed to members of the public to report any strange child, as well as suspicious movement in their environment to the police.