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Gunmen Kidnap PRESIDENT JONATHAN’S Cousin In Bayelsa

Gunmen, Sunday night abducted a prominent
chief of President Goodluck Jonathan’s
hometown, Otuoke, in Ogbia local
government area of Bayelsa State.
The victim, identified as Chief Inengite Nitabai,
aged 70, who was said to be the president’s
cousin, was kidnapped at about 9pm by ten
heavily armed men, according to reports.

The kidnapped Chief is described as the
traditional head of the compound from which
the President hails from, according to a
Vanguard source in the community.

“Nitabai is the cousin of President Goodluck
Jonathan, and was kidnapped from his
compound located before Otuoke bridge, off
Otu-Okpoti-Ogbia Road without a gunshot,”
the source said.

Nitabai it was further learnt by Vanguard, has
been acting like a father to the President since
Jonathan’s real biological father died.

The victim, his wife and his wife’s sister and
three of his children were in the house when
the assailants stormed the compound.

The victim’s wife sister, 37-year-old
Akinobebh Jin, said Silas, one of the sons of
the victim first sighted the criminals and raised
the alarm.

“We came back from somewhere around
8pm. Silas was at the verandah doing his
assignment while my in-law, my sister and
two other siblings were in the living room

“After sometimes, Silas came shouting and
saying that some people had just entered into
the compound. As we sprang on our feet, we
were confused because we didn’t know where
to run to.”

A security source told Vanguard that the
chief’s vehicle was later recovered at
Onuegbum community waterfront where it
was abandoned, an indication that the
gunmen might have made away with their
victim through the creek.

The incident, it was learnt, provoked heavy
security presence in the community which is
also host to the Federal University.
The Deputy Commander of the Joint Task
force codenamed Operation Pulo Shield,
Commodore Ime Ekpa and team of security
agents were said to have visited the location to
assess the crime scene.
Contacted, the state police public relations
officer, Mr. Alex Akhigbe confirmed the

He said the police report showed that the
abducted community leader had made a
report at the Kolo Police Station on the illegal
sale of his land by some unidentified persons.

“After it was discovered, the abducted man
insisted that the culprits refund the buyer his
money and leave his land alone. He was later
“We have identified those involved and are on
their trail. One of the suspect is in our custody.

The vehicle also has been recovered,” Akhigbe
He however added that he xould not establish
the relationship between the abducted Chief
and Mr. President
“Investigation is in progress to unmask the
kidnappers and rescue the victim,” he said.

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