3 Persons Kidnapped In Bayelsa

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Christopher Uche, Yenagoa

Barely three weeks after sea pirates killed five soldiers and one policeman at a military base in Nembe, armed men suspected to be sea pirates on Wednesday ambushed two speedboats and kidnapped three persons along the Ogbia-Brass waterways of Bayelsa East senatorial district.

The abducted were two Okpoama chiefs identified as Chief Blessing Wagio and Chief Isaac Akono-Igolo, as well as a security man whose identify could not be ascertained.

The victims’ boats were said to have left the Ogbia water front at about 2pm for Brass when they came under attack around Kiberibio area of the Ogbia-Brass waterway, noted for sea pirates attacks.

A supervisor with the state ministry of education heading to Brass, a naval officer and a former Chief Librarian in the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Chief Jigekuma Ombu-Kieri were said to have escaped  unhurt.

An eyewitness in one of the boats, Mrs Kilete Arum told our correspondent that she saw an unidentified man lying face down in the pirates’ speed boat when they were being dispossessed of their valuables.

When contacted, Police Spokesman, Asinim Butswatconfirmed, confirmed  the development but said he was yet to get details, “I am waiting for details.” He said.

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