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Gunmen Kidnap Bayelsa Commissioner’s Father

Valentine Chinyem

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Chief George Agbabou Week, the Ebenanaowei of Tarakiri kingdom and the father of Bayelsa State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Doodei Week was in the wee hours of Thursday kidnapped from his palace in Ayama-Ijaw in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.

An eyewitness who gave an account of how
the Chief Week was whisked away, said he was dragged on the floor while being taken away, also a television and set of jewelleries were carted away.

The witness added that, the kidnappers seemed to have come specifically for Week and the paramount ruler of the community, Chief Amen Sariki, as they searched the community for an hour before they located Chief Week’s house, while they failed to locate Sariki’s house.

While confirming that the kidnappers asked for directions to his house, Chief Sariki, said all the distress messages sent to the Joint Military Task Force and the Police were not successful.

“The wife and children of our clan head ran to my house crying. It was clear that they had been beaten up. They broke the news to me that the king had been kidnapped. They told me that the gunmen held them hostage, while they searched the house. After searching, they carried a television set, collected jewellery, and other valuable items. They then dragged the king who was wearing only pants on the ground up to the waterside. At that point, I started receiving report that the gunmen were still in the community. So I tried to reach the Joint Military Task Force and the Nigeria Police but didn’t get any response. After about an hour, I was told the gunmen had left the community.

“When we got to the waterside, I learnt that the kidnappers held a 20-year-old girl they saw on their way at gunpoint and asked her to tell them where my house is. According to her, she lied that she was not from the community and wouldn’t know my house. To pressure her to talk, they stripped her naked and sexually harassed her for several minutes but she refused to tell them where my house was. When they got tired, they untied a speedboat belonging to the commissioner and fled the community.”

This was also confirmed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Asinim Butswat, according to him, investigations were on-going and the police would issue a statement on it.