Posted by News Express | 17 February 2016 | 2,697 times
Armed kidnappers have abducted 72-year-old Chief Inegite Jonathan, an uncle and foster father to former President Goodluck Jonathan.
He was reportedly kidnapped on Tuesday night, at about 10p.m., at his residence in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
It would be recalled that the victim was kidnapped in February 28, 2014 in his house and was freed by security forces at Akipli Community in Ogbia on March 10, 2014.
Nitabai had described the 2014 experience as “traumatic” said he was beaten with gun butt and kicked on the floor by his abductors.
He said the armed men tied his hands, blindfolded him and tortured him in order to make him convince the then President, Dr. Gooluck Jonathan, and other family members to pay up the ransom demanded.
“I thank God for keeping me alive. I was made to sleep on the bare floor and fed with garri and red oil for three weeks in the bush. “I was tortured and beaten with guns and kicked with legs on the floor. When I was young, there was no such things as kidnapping. I don’t know why it must be me,” Nitabai had said.
Asini Butswat, (DSP) Bayelsa Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident and said that the Police was trailing the kidnappers.
“On the 17 February, 2016,at about 0330hrs, seven unknown gunmen abducted one Inengite Nitabai at his residence in Otuoke,Ogbia Local Government Area. A massive manhunt has been launched by a combined team of Marine Police and Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Command, to rescue the victim and arrest the abductors. Investigation is ongoing,” Butswat said
Mr Oru Solomon, a relation of the victim, who also confirmed the development, appealed to the kidnappers to free the old man, in view of his old age.
Nancy Dickson, younger sister to Governor Seriake Dickson abducted in December 2015, has been with her kidnappers for over 50 days despite an ultimatum given by the governor to the kidnappers.
The governor had in his first tenure in office signed the anti-kidnapping law which prescribes death sentence for kidnapping but no one has been convicted by the law while the menace thrives.
•Photo shows Ex-President Jonathan.
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