Kidnappers abduct Jonathan’s cousin In Bayelsa


By Caleb Tamunosaki

A gang of gunmen believed to be kidnappers have abducted Jephthah Robert, a cousin of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Our correspondent gathered that he hoodlums abducted their victim at about 9:30pm on Tuesday.

It was learnt that the gunmen stormed the residence around Dimrose Road,
in Yenagoa, are we the time of filing this report, on Wednesday.

The victim is the elder brother of Azibaola Robert, who is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Zeetin Engineering Limited.

Though details of Jephthah’s abduction had been sketchy, the Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Command, SP Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident.

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.”

No group had claimed responsibility for Jephthah’s abduction even as the motive behind his kidnap could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report.

The abduction of Jonathan’s cousin occurred 24 hours after the state Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Federal Otokito, was freed by his abductors.

Otokito was whisked away from his residence on January 20 in his community, Otuokpoti, in the Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.

The commissioner spent about five days in the custody of his assailants before he was released on Monday.


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