The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has accused the son of Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, Mr. Ebikeme Clark, of orchestrating his own kidnapping in order to defraud the state government. According to the group, in a statement signed by its spokesman, Jomo Gbomo, it “was actually a clever orchestrated fraud masterminded by Ebikeme who stage-managed his own abduction.”
It said that “the ransom of N500 million was paid by the Delta state government from its security vote and was shared amongst all those involved in this scam.
It could be recalled that Mr. Ebikeme Clark was abducted last Wednesday, on the site of Edwin Clark University of Technology in Kiagbodo, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta state and was released after spending five days in the kidnappers den. According to family sources, no ransom was paid to the abductors.
The Public Relations Office of the Delta command of the Police, Celestina Kalu, however, confirmed the release on Sunday and denied any ransom was paid.