Kidnap of 4 Britons: Police Arrest 4, IYC Condemns Abduction

Four people have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of four British nationals in Delta state, police said on Thursday.
This is as Ijaw youths under the auspicious of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), Thursday condemned the kidnap of the Britons by suspected militants in Enekorogha community of Burutu local government area of Delta State describing the act as criminal.
The victims, including a husband and wife from a Christian medical charity, were seized last Friday in Delta State, where they had been providing free health treatment.
Delta state police spokesman Andrew Animaka said there was still no update as to their whereabouts.
But he added: “We are following up on a lead with the arrest of four persons in connection with the incident.
“The suspects are currently in the custody of the state police command, in Asaba, and are rendering useful information.
“I can assure that we are on the heels of the abductors.”
However, the Britons, Dr. David Donavan, Shirley Donavan, Alvan and Tyan all of whom are members of The New Foundations, a humanitarian organisation with head office in the United Kingdom, were reportedly abducted and whisked to an unknown destination by a five man militant.
In a statement by IYC by the factional President, Eric Omare, appealed to the abductors to release the Britons with immediate effect, adding that there is no justification for their actions.
He said: “It is criminal and highly condemnable for foreign missionaries who were offering free medical services and preaching the gospel of God in the riverine areas of western Ijaw to be kidnapped.
“This has nothing to do with the Ijaw or Niger Delta agitation hence it must be condemned by all well-meaning people.”
Assuring stakeholders and security agencies in the region of its collaboration in ensuring that the victims are released, Omare said:
“The IYC will collaborate with security agencies, Ijaw traditional and community leaders in and around Enekorogha and other Ijaw communities in Burutu Local Government Area to fish out the perpetrators of this criminal act.
“To this end, the IYC clan and community structures in Esembiri, Oporomor and Mein clans have been instructed to take actions towards the release of the kidnapped missionaries. “Criminal conducts such as kidnapping and killing of innocent people are neither part and parcel of the Ijaw culture nor the Ijaw struggle for freedom.
“We also call on Ijaw traditional and community leaders to be vigilant so as not to allow criminal element the freedom to operate. Criminal conducts are bringing disrepute to the communities involved and driving away development from the communities concerned.”

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