Kidnappers abduct commissioner’s mother in Bayelsa


Kidnappers on Tuesday night struck again in Odi, Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, abducting the mother of the commissioner for local government and community development, Mrs Comfort Dugo. A three-man armed gang kidnapped 68-year-old Mrs Dugo, mother of Mr. James Dugo, while she was watching a television programme with other family members in her home in Odi.

According to a source, the hoolums,, who wore masks entered the compound without any resistance and stormed the living room with sophisticated weapons. One of them was said to have pointed a gun at a younger brother to James Dugo and warned him not to try to frustrate them. They were said to have taken Mrs Dugo from the house and bundled her into the boot of a waiting car and sped off. Mr. Dugo, who confirmed the story, said the kidnappers were able to gain entry into the house because they posed as visitors.

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Dugo, who is the immediate past chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said eyewitness told him that his mother was pushed into the boot of a car before she was taken away. He disclosed that the kidnappers were yet to make contact with members of the family and appealed to the kidnappers to free the woman unconditionally. Governor Henry Seriake Dickson had recently signed a law that stipulated death penalty for anybody convicted for kidnapping in the state.

Sources at the police headquarters in Yenagoa said the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Kings Omire had been briefed, adding that he had dispatched a team of detectives to the area. The source said the police would unravel those behind the kidnap.

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