Gunmen abduct Bayelsa monarch, two others


By Eunice Nnachi, Yenagoa

Yet to be identified gunmen have abducted a traditional ruler, a 50 year-old woman and a middle aged man at Otuabula Community in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

According to a community source, the incident happened in the early hours of Monday, when heavily armed gunmen numbering about 20 invaded the community and abducted the victims.

They identified those abducted as the deputy paramount ruler of the community, Chief Otia Isomom, Mrs. Lucy Osain and Mr. Friday Abah who were whisked into a waiting speedboat and sped-off.

A resident of the community who witnessed the incident was stabbed but luckily escaped from being kidnapped by the gunmen.

Confirming the report, Bayelsa police spokesman SP Asinim Butswat, said that police are intensifying efforts in rescuing the abducted victims, while investigation is ongoing to apprehend the culprits.