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Kidnap Of Jonathan’s Cousins May Ground Grand Reception

Posted: May 21, 2015 at 10:37 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

LAST Tuesday’s kidnapping of two cousins of outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan at Akipelai in Ogbia Local Government of Bayelsa State may ground the grand reception being planned for him by the community on May 29, 2015.

Two  of Jonathan’s maternal cousins, Patience Egbeni and Kate Eni, were kidnapped by gunmen, who stormed their provision shop at the river bank in the community by 8.30 pm of Tuesday may 19, 2015.

The bandits, who made away with the two ladies in a speedboat to an unknown location, were yet to contact the family or make any demand by press time.

Speaking on the development, a member of the community, who pleaded anonymity, stressed that unless the women were released, the possibility of the community staging the reception for Jonathan, was slim.

Already, the Bayelsa Police Command has stepped up investigations to unravel the mystery behind the kidnap, free the victims and possibly arrest the culprits without delay.

The Police Public Relations Officer for Bayelsa Police Command, Butswat Asinim, said the police ware combing all nooks and crannies of the state to locate the whereabouts of the evictions and nab the gunmen, who were said to have been putting on military camouflage at the time of the attack.

Both the Marine and Anti-kidnapping Squads, as well as the Joint Task Force (JTF) had been working round the clock to rescue the victims.

Meanwhile, the Ogbia Clan chapter of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worlwide has urged the kidnappers to release the women without any ransom.

The IYC Chairman, Osaanya Osaanya, has started to mobilise the youths to assist the security agents to free the victims to ensure that the community’s plan to receive Jonathan on may 29 goes unhindered.