A gang of unknown armed assailants on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 abducted the council chairman of Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa State, Enaye Abah.
President Goodluck Jonathan hails from Ogbia local government area.
It was gathered that the chairman was waylaid by the kidnappers who were about four in number along the Otuasega-Okaki road and barricaded his official car.
Abah’s police orderly was said to have abandoned his boss and fled following deafening gunshots fired by the hoodlums, according to The Nation.
The assailants reportedly dragged the chairman out of his Prado SUV with sophisticated guns and other weapons before taking him to Okarki in neighbouring Rivers State where they allegedly whisked him into a waiting speedboat.
Narrating the kidnap, an undisclosed source said, “The kidnappers rode in a Mazda car. On sighting the vehicle conveying the chairman, they blocked him with their car. The police orderly attached to the chairman came down from the vehicle fuming over the blockade.
“But on sighting heavy arms and on hearing the volley of gunshots released towards the vehicle, he scampered for safety, abandoned his principal and ran away.
“The armed men dragged the council Chairman from his vehicle and transferred him into a blue colored Mazda. They drove him away towards the waterside.
“At the waterside, he was taken to a waiting speedboat. The driver of the Blue Mazda was shot in the leg for refusing to follow the gunmen and their victim into the waiting speedboat.
“The Mazda was later set ablaze by the armed men along the waterside and the number plate taken away.”
Sources related to the victim claimed that he was heading for an undisclosed meeting when the incident happened.
Confirming the abduction, the state police spokesperson, ASP Asinim Butswat Astimin, said preliminary report indicated that Abah’s captors ferried him towards the Abua waterways in Rivers State.
He said, “Our men have been placed on red alert and we have put measures in place to rescue him.”