20 February 2016

Nigeria: Kidnappers Kill Jonathan's Nephew

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President Goodluck Jonathan

TWO days after his uncle and foster father was abducted by kidnappers in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Council of Bayelsa State, former President Goodluck Jonathan has lost his nephew to the dare-devil abductors.

Samuel Okies, the 35-year-old nephew to the former President, who was abducted alongside the former President's foster father, was yesterday found dead in the waterways of Otuoke Community in Ogbia Local Government Area.

The deceased was reportedly kidnapped few days ago alongside the 72-year-old Chief Inegite Nitabai.

The Guardian gathered that some fishermen from the former President's community in Otuoke recovered the body of Okies, as it floated on Otuoke River yesterday during their fishing activities.

The indigenes of the community said they were not aware of his whereabouts during the Tuesday abduction of the former president's foster father, but the discovery of his body in the Rivers has, however, confirmed their fears.

Some of the community members claimed the sound of gunshots heard during the abduction of the septuagenarian three days ago might have been targeted at the deceased.

A community source said the discovery has also thrown the community into confusion over the safety of the septuagenarian. "We are worried about the safety of our uncle. The men that abducted them have killed Okies, and we pray they don't touch our uncle," a source told The Guardian yesterday.

The deceased Okies, according to community sources, was always seen in the company of the abducted foster father of former President Jonathan.

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