30 January 2013

Nigeria: Gunmen Abducts Mother of Leader of Bayelsa House of Assembly

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Yenagoa — Madam Esther Akpe, mother of the Leader of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Hon Peter Akpe, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

The 59-year-old woman was said to have been seized on Tuesday at about 9pm by a gang of armed men who invaded her residence at the riverside Ebedebiri community in Sagbama local government area of the state and took her away.

The abduction, the latest in the series of high profile kidnapping in the state is coming on the heels of Governor Seriake Dickson warning that he would not hesitate to sign the death warrant of convicted abductors.

Dickson's position came few hours after the abduction of Festus and Ebiye Ebegu, the parents of Ogbia Local Government Area Chairman, Richard, from their Oloibiri country home.

The kidnappers of Mrs Esther Akpe, numbering about 5, were said to have stormed the community in a speedboat. They were said to have fired sporadically into the air to scare away the natives.

Eyewitnesses told Vanguard that the woman was sitting outside and was about to go into her house on hearing the sound of gunshots when she was grabbed by her captors who dragged her into their waiting speedboat.

A source said, "the abductors were about five and heavily armed. The old woman was sitting outside. She was about going into the house on hearing the sound of gunshots when they seized her and took her away into their speedboat and headed towards Bomadi in Delta State.

The troubled Leader of the House, Hon Akpe confirmed the incident but said no contact had been established with the kidnappers.

The atmosphere at the assembly Tuesday was gloomy as the House sitting was postponed while many sympathisers, including lawmakers and staff, gathered to discuss the incident.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Fidelis Odunna (DSP) confirmed the the incident. He said; "the mother of Hon Peter Akpe, Leader, Bayelsa House of Assembly was kidnapped at Ebedebiri community. The kidnappers reportedly moved towards Bomadi and our men are on their trail."

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