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Gunmen abduct Bayelsa council boss

Posted: Apr 23, 2015 at 8:55 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma  –  Yenagoa


Enaye Abah, the Chairman of Ogbia Local Government Council, Bayelsa State, the home local government area of President Goodluck  Jonathan, was on Wednesday abducted by a gang of gunmen suspected to be kidnappers along the Okarki-Otuasega axis of the Yenegwe-Kolo-Nembe Road in the state.

The gun-wielding kidnappers, numbering about four, were said to have intercepted the Prado Jeep vehicle of Abah at a road block they mounted along the road.

Sources said no sooner had  his police orderly alighted from the vehicle to find out why the road was blocked than the bandits struck, firing gun shots before they dragged their target into a blue Mazda car and sped away.

Abah’s police orderly, it was learnt, abandoned his principal and fled into a nearsxby bush without firing a shot.

The hoodlums were said to have escaped with the victim through Okarki enrout Abua area in neighbouring Rivers State in a speed boat.

“The armed men dragged the council chairman from his vehicle and transferred him into a blue colour Mazda. They drove him away towards waterside. At the waterside, he was taken to a speed boat stationed.

“The driver of the blue Mazda was shot in the leg for refusing to follow the gunmen and their victim into the waiting speed boat”, the source said.

The hoodlums were said to have escaped with the victim through Okarki enrout Abua area in neighbouring Rivers State.

A member of the family, who pleaded anonymity, claimed that Abah was on his way to attend a stakeholders’ meeting at Ogbia Town, headquarters of Ogbia Council when his assailants abducted him.

He said it was being suspected that the kidnappers may have been given information on the chairman’s itinerary before they mounted the road block ahead of his arrival at the point of kidnap.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the Bayelsa Police Command, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the abduction of Enaye Abah, saying preliminary report indicated that he (the abducted chairman) was ferried towards Abua in Rivers State.

“Our men have been placed on red alert and we have put measures in place to rescue him”, he said.

Meanwhile, the police in Bayelsa have confirmed the release of 20-year-old Joseph Agama, the cousin of the Petroleum Minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke, who was kidnapped on March 19, 2015, at Yenaka near Yenagoa.

According the spokesperson of the state police command, Asinim Butswat, Agama was freed by his kidnappers on April 8, 2015.

”The father (of Joseph Agama) sent me, PPRO, a text message that his son was released along the Ekowei-Olugbobiri waterway (in Southern Ijaw) without payment of ransom”, he said.