35-year-old Dorcas Rogers Ogbologugo have refused to resign to fate
over her disappearance, one that has spiralled into further tragedy.
member of the family, while for two weeks her husband was in a coma,
losing his memory afterwards.
news from the police about the recovery of a woman who left her abode in
Port Harcourt, Rivers State to visit her husband, Akepiteigha Zikenah,
in Bayelsa State only to vanish without a trace along the way.
Government Area of Rivers State, Dorcas graduated from the Niger Delta
University, Bayelsa State, and worked as a teacher in a public school in
Port Harcourt, Saturday PUNCH learnt.
one month after her traditional marriage to Zikenah, Dorcas told his
brother, Ugem Rogers and her other siblings in Rivers State that he was
travelling to Yenagoa to visit her husband.
after they assumed she would have arrived her husband’s house, they got a
call from Zikenah, telling them that he had not heard from his wife.
sister’s phone had received about three calls which she missed because
she was in a prayer meeting. After her prayers, she discovered that one
of the numbers that called was that of Gloria.
picked. Someone who picked the call told her that Gloria had been
involved in an accident and had been taken to the hospital.
but the person said he would get back to us and that we should not call
her line again because the battery of the phone was about to go off.
through which we continued to contact the people. Sometimes, they would
pick the call and sometime they would not.
us. We pleaded with them to tell us what was going on because she was
pregnant and they kept telling us they would get back to us.”
called, we heard people crying in the background, screaming as if they
were being tortured or maltreated.
and someone who sounded like their leader said, ‘Is that the relative
of the pregnant woman? Okay, send her out’ and they dropped the call.
acting commissioner of police in the state at the time. Yet, the case
lingered without clue as to who kidnapped her.
when the police told them that the suspect said he found the phone in a
cab and did not seem to know anything.
horrible turn when Zikenah travelled from Bayelsa in company with his
sister’s husband because they had heard that there was a suspect in
custody over his wife’s disappearance.
they left the police station and said they were leaving, I told them
they did not have to drive all the way back that night because it was
already late. I told them to pass the night with us. But his sister’s
husband insisted they could still make the journey.
they got to Ahoada, they had a ghastly accident and his sister’s
husband died on the spot.
weeks. When he finally recovered, he had lost his memory. All these
issues caused a lot of problem between our family and our in-laws and
because of that, there has been a disconnect in communication among us”
disillusioned by the efforts of the police to locate Rogers when police
investigators in charge of the case asked for money every time.
kidnappers had even sent an account number to them through which they
were supposed to pay a ransom that would be demanded later.
family for money for every little thing, they could have got enough
information out of the suspect as he believed it was likely the suspect
knew more than he told the police.
lost confidence in the police, they went back to making contact with the
kidnappers, with the hope of placating the men to release her.
money to a point in Ubima, Rivers State. But I told my sister who was to
take the money there that she could not go alone due to safety
dropped the money, they should wait in another location, a short
distance away from there and they would find their sister.
information that might lead to the return of Gloria, some individuals
are making attempts to scam them with false promises that they were the
ones holding Gloria.
when she went missing. But we have not lost hope. We are simply praying
to God to bring her back safely, wherever she may be,” Rogers said.
spokesperson for the Rivers State Police Command, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, on
the case and he explained that he did not have updates currently.
the investigation from the appropriate unit of the command and give the
official statement on the issue.