- Group call Federal Government to unmask killers
- Etsako central council move to immortalize him
A Nigerian-American, Prince Dennis Abuda, kidnapped and murdered in Benin city has been buried in his home town Fugar amidst tears and sorrow.
The remains of the international businessman and Philanthropist left military hospital morgue in Benin to Fugar on Thursday for other burial rites and internment.
Tears rent the air when the people heard the ambulance vehicle’s siren that conveyed the body of Prince Dennis Abuda to Fugar, Etsako Central local government area of Edo State, Nigeria.
There was lying in state of his body and later followed with a funeral mass at St Theresa catholic church, Avhianwu Clan in Fugar Edo state.
However, Fugar Progressive Union FPU, the socio-cultural apex umbrella body of all Fugar people (Fugarians) of Etsako Central Local Government Area of Edo State has condemned the kidnap, and eventual murder of their illustrious son, Prince Dennis Eloniyo Abuda by some suspected kidnappers.
The group called on the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, to order the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and other security agencies to unmask and prosecute those responsible for the kidnap and murder described it as a terrible crime.
In a public statement signed by Mr Solomon Obomhighie, National Publicity Secretary of FPU and obtained by Standard Gazette crime correspondent Festus Alenkhe, the group disclosed that on Saturday 30th January 2021, the news of the abduction of three Fugar sons – Prince Dennis Eloniyo Abuda, Chief David Ogheakhe and Mr Richard Bologi by suspected kidnappers around the Benin By-pass near Ahor village in Benin City, Edo State broke out.
The America-based was going to the Lagos airport, where he was scheduled to return to the U.S when he was abducted on his way.
Prince Abuda was a citizen of the United States and President of Fugar-American Foundation, an affiliate and partner of the FPU.
The statement said others who travelled with Prince Dennis Abuda were released after ransom on Tuesday 2nd February 2021 by the kidnappers, but Prince Dennis was not found.
The situation led to a search party who combed the forest where the lifeless body of prince Dennis Abuda was recovered.
This call for serious concern.
According to the statement ”we call on the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Inspector General of Police IGP Mohammed Adamu and other security agencies in Nigeria to unravel and bring the perpetrators of this dastardly act to justice within the shortest possible time”. The release further said. ”We have therefore forwarded a petition to the Inspector General of Police and the Commissioner of Police, Edo State for action”.
The statement also said “Considering that the deceased is also a citizen of the United States of America USA, we have written to the Consul General of the U.S. Consulate in Lagos, Claire Pierangelo to also intervene by using diplomatic channels in ensuring justice for Abuda”.
The statement commended the chairman of Etsako Central Local Government Area, Edo State, John Osi Akhigbe – Akpogy for immortalising Abuda by renaming the road to his residence in Fugar after him.
The council chairman also named Etsako Central Local Government Event Hall after Dennis Abuda.
”We also call on Edo State government to immortalise Abuda and most importantly use his death as an opportunity to put an end to the Security nightmare in the land”.
Late Prince Dennis Abuda ‘s burial event was graced by many sympathisers who thronged the family house to catch a glimpse of the situation.
Prince Abuda left behind a wife and two sons.