Udu youths, under the aegis of Udu Youth Council, Udu Local Government Area, Delta State, weekend, issued a four-day ultimatum to abductors of the Managing Director of Orogun Brothers Limited, Mr. Francis Orogun, to release him unconditionally.
Orogun was reportedly kidnapped by gunmen on April 16, at the site of his new bakery on Udu Road, close to the railway line in the council.
The youths, in a statement by their President, Mr. Freeborn Ovwemejephan, warned: “Should the ultimatum elapse with Orogun still being held against his will, the youths shall move against people perceived to be in the shoddy business of kidnapping, particularly members of a certain ethnic nationality, who we youths believe are neck deep in the condemnable business.”
Condemning the action of the kidnappers, he said: “Orogun’s kidnap will likely worsen the relationship between the peace loving Udu people and strangers in the area, who have made kidnapping a business.
“This development is unhealthy to peaceful co-existence. We, therefore, call on the abductors to release him as soon as possible in the interest of peace. We shall not take this any longer.
“The youths shall, henceforth, collaborate with security agents to fish out people without any visible means of livelihood in the area and control the influx of strangers into Udu,” he added.