An uncle of Dr. Pius Osunyikanmi, President Goodluck Jonathan’s Special Adviser on International Relations has been kidnapped. The victim, Mr. Samuel Adegboyega is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of SOWSCO Well Services Nigeria Limited, Port-Harcourt, Street Journal gathered that unknown gunmen seized him in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital around 8.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 9th August, 2011.
According to a statement issued on behalf of the victim’s family, Adegboyega arrived from work into the waiting arms of the gunmen, who had lurked around his residence in Eliada Estate, Rumuogba, Port-Harcourt.
Engineer Sam Adegboyega, who is an indigene of Ile-Oluji in Ondo State has lived and worked in Port Harcourt for over 30 years and has contributed immensely to the economy of the state. Of these 30 years, he worked for Dowell Schlumberger for almost 13 years and rose to become the highest ranking Nigerian in that company before he retired to found Sowsco Wells Services Ltd which has grown to become one of the foremost indigenous oil and gas service companies in Nigeria.
An ardent believer in the local content policy of the Federal Government in the oil and gas industry, Engineer Adegboyega has never relented in the development of the Nigerian manpower in the industry. He is one of the founding members of the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN).
Many Rivers State indigenes have benefitted immensely from his company in form of employment and scholarships. The kidnap of Engineer Sam Adegboyega, who is an illustrious son of Ile-Oluji, has thrown the town into panic and his aged mother in severe distress.