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Unknown Gunmen Kidnap Goodluck Jonathan’s Cousin

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A cousin of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Jephthah Robert has been kidnapped by gun-wielding men suspected to be kidnappers.

Naija News gathered Robert was kidnapped in front of his house in Bayelsa State around 9.30pm on Tuesday.

He was said to have been abducted in front of his house located around Dimrose Road in Yenegoa, the State capital.

As at the time of filing this report, the details about his kidnap were still sketchy but the spokesman of the Bayelsa Police Command, SP Asinim Butswat confirmed the incident.

He added that operatives have been mobilized to rescue the victim and arrest the suspects.

Butswat said, “He was picked up at Dimrose Road in Yenagoa. We are intensifying effort to rescue him and arrest the kidnappers.

“We are working on a promising lead.”

Meanwhile, gunmen on Monday set free the abducted Bayelsa Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Mr. Federal Otokito, Naija News reports.

Recall that Otokito was last Thursday abducted from his Otuokpoti community residence in Ogbia Local Government Area.

The commissioner was however presented to Governor Douye Diri on Monday evening by the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ben Nebolisa, and the State Director of the Department of State Services, Mr. Mohammed Abdullahi.

Speaking to newsmen at the Government House in Yenegoa, Diri announced the deposition of the Otuokpoti community paramount ruler, Chief A.C.T Wongo, appointing Chief Rescue Abe in acting capacity.

The Bayelsa governor also sacked the community’s development committee chairman, Azibalua Amon and youth president, Emolem Igue, replacing them with Jerry Offor and Shedrach Afiemo respectively.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, the governor warned all those who see kidnapping as a business to desist as his government would not hesitate to invoke the extant laws and make the State uncomfortable for criminal elements.

Diri urged all community leaders to remain vigilant and ensure that peace prevailed in their communities as government would not hesitate to sanction anyone found wanting in the discharge of their duties.

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