Kidnappers in Bayelsa state have kidnapped the mother of the leader of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Mrs Esther Akpe in her community, Ebedebiri, Sagbama Local Government Area of the state. The kidnap of Mrs Akpe, mother of Mr. Peter Akpe came few days after the parents of the chairman of Ogbia Local Government Area, Mr. and Mrs Festus Ebegu were kidnapped in their home in Oloibiri.
Governor Seriake Dickson lamenting the resurgence of kidnapping in the state, which his administration had linked to disgruntled politicians had vowed to send a bill to the state House of Assembly to prescribe death penalty for anybody convicted of kidnapping. Sources at Ebedebiri said the gunmen came through the river in a speedboat and went to the Akpe’s residence where they shot sporadically into the air before they abducted Mrs Akpe. Eyewitness said she was sitting outside the house when her abductors came and she was in the process of welcoming them when they grabbed her and dragged her to the waterside.
“The abductors were about five and heavily armed. The old woman was sitting outside. She was about going into the house on hearing the sound of gunshots when they seized her and took her away in their speedboat and headed towards Bomadi in Delta State,” the eyewitness said. A disturbed Akpe, who confirmed the incident said the kidnappers had not contacted him or any member of the family. The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Fidelis Odunna confirmed the incident and said the police were already on top of the situation.