31 January 2013

Nigeria: Mother of Bayelsa Lawmaker Kidnapped

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Unknown gunmen

Kidnappers once again struck in Bayelsa State Wednesday with the abduction of the mother of the Leader of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Peter Akpe.

The abduction brings to four the parents of public office holders who were kidnapped in the latest wave of kidnapping in the state.

Recall that penultimate week, the mother of the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Madam Betinnah Benson, was abducted from aher country home in Korokorosei.

Also, the parents of the Chairman of the Ogbia Local Government Area were abducted last Monday. Their whereabouts are still unknown.

Mrs. Akpe, aged 59, was reportedly kidnapped Monday night between 9 and 10pm by five armed gunmen at her residence at Ebedebiri in Sagbama Local Government Area of the state.

The gunmen were said to have come through the river and disappeared through same route.

Eyewitnesses informed THISDAY that the woman was sitting outside her home ostensibly savouring fresh air when she was grabbed by her captors. There were no gunshots as the action was done with military precision.

Akpe, who confirmed the incident, said no contact had been established with the kidnappers.

Meanwhile, the atmosphere at the Assembly yesterday was gloomy as the lawmakers who had earlier resumed for the day's sitting were forced to postpone in solidarity with their colleague.

Contacted, the state police public relations officer, Fidelis Odunna (DSP), confirmed the incident.

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