The family of Roseline Ughanze of Alor, Idemili South local government, in Anambra State, has urged the state police command to conclude investigation into the abduction of their 80-year-old mother.
Speaking with journalists in Awka, last week, the family said concluding investigations into the incident would set their mind at rest as “whether she is still alive or dead”.
“We call on the police and other security agencies to rise up to their duty as we are not in doubt as to those who kidnapped our mother,” said Odinaka Obiorah, the family’s lawyer who spoke on their behalf.
“Justice should take its course no matter who is involved or how powerful they are.”
Mrs. Ughanze was kidnapped in the early hours of 23rd June, 2012, by unknown persons as she was leaving for morning mass in her hometown.
She was 80 at the time of the abduction.
Efforts to rescue her by security agents led to the kidnappers severing further contact – and demand for ransom – with the family.
Before the abduction, a previous but unsuccessful attempt had been made on Mrs. Ughanze.
“It is the position of the family that they do not know if their mother has been killed or still alive but they know that petitions and other similar letters being circulated by the detractors have killed the search for Lady Roselyn Ughanze,” said Mr. Obiorah.
“The authors of said petition and letters are putting up smiling cheeks to Lady Roselyn Ughanze’s discomfort and her family’s predicament over same. It is, to say the least, unconscionable or unfortunate or both.”
The family said they had surrendered the phone number the abductors had used in demanding ransom to the police to ease investigation.
However, after tracing and arresting the owners of the cell phones, they were released by the police, the family added.
“I announce the family’s plea to those who have access to Lady Roselyn Ughanze, their beloved mother, to let her know if she has not been killed that the detractors killed all the family’s efforts to locate her,” Mr. Obiorah said.
“She should be told also that the family, though down now, have not given up in their search for their mother.”
The lawyer, however, expressed confidence in the police’s ability to find Mrs. Ughanze and also track down her abductors, calling on them to continue and conclude investigation in the matter.
“The family is also appealing to the general public who may have any useful information on the circumstance of Lady Roselyn Ughanze’s abduction or her whereabouts or whereabouts of her remains to contact the police or the family’s solicitors,” Mr. Obiorah added.
PREMIUM TIMES contacted Ali Okechukwu, the Anambra State Police Spokesperson, on Thursday and he said he was not aware of the abduction.
“I don’t have any files about that, I just came to this place, It requires enquiries and so on,” said Mr. Okechukwu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police.
“The family should be able to come forward and furnish us with the details of the incident. Those people who were here then may not be here any longer. Those of us who just came will not really know what they are talking about.
“So if they have facts they can come forward, not granting press conference. Have they written to Commissioner to know extent of investigation if that matter was reported and investigation commenced? I don’t know, so none of the issues… no files at all available, I don’t know who you are talking about.
“If they are in this State they should be able to come forward and give details so that we can do some preliminary investigation on that and find out what happened.”