The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has revealed that Delta state government had to settle the kidnapers of Chief Edwin Clark’s son, Ebikeme, before he was left off the hook at the weekend.
In a statement signed by its spokesman, Jomo Gbomo, MEND said that the money was obtained from the state’s security vote, even as it accused Ebikeme Clark of contriving his kidnap as a way of raining funds for himself.
The statement said that the, the son of Chief E.K Clark, of orchestrating his own kidnapping in order to defraud the state government.
According to the group, the kidnap “was actually a clever orchestrated fraud masterminded by Ebikeme who stage-managed his own abduction.
“The ransom of 500 Million Naira was paid by the Delta State Government from its security vote and was shared amongst all those involved in this scam.”