Gunmen kidnaps retired principal in Bayelsa

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Gunmen kidnaps retired principal in Bayelsa

Some yet-to-be identified gunmen have abducted a 72-year-old retired principal, Chief Sunday Festus, in Bayelsa State.

It was learnt that the septuagenarian was abducted by the four-man gang in his residence at Bomo clan, in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state on Monday.

His son, Leigh, confirmed the abduction.

Leigh said his father, who is diabetic, was critically ill when his abductors whisked him away to an unknown destination.

He said, “The incident occurred at about 3.26am. The four-man gang of kidnappers arrived at the Foinbiri waterside at about 3.10am and went straight to my father’s residence.

“They broke the door protectors and forced him out of his room into a waiting speedboat.

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“My father’s abduction followed a big bang on his door. They shouted and commanded that he should follow them. Attempt to resist the assailants by Ikiotari Festus – my father’s 13-year-old son – left him with injuries. They hit him on the head with the butts of their guns.”

Leigh averred that the “heartless kidnappers” dragged his father on the ground to the waterside, shooting repeatedly into the air to scare residents and to scuttle any resistance from the community.

He added that after they (abductors) succeeded in forcibly taking their victim, they headed towards Opuama community in the area.

Leigh claimed that the motive behind the abduction of his diabetic father might not be unconnected with plot to extort money from his elder brother, Daumiebi Festus, a lawyer and a real estate mogul.

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He said his brother was also a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in the state.

Leigh said his father’s abductors had yet to establish contact with family members.

It was learnt that the abduction had thrown family members and neigbhours into apprehension, particularly because the victim was suffering from diabetes.

They feared that the septuagenarian might die in the kidnappers’ den if he was exposed to harsh treatment.

Efforts to confirm the incident from the Bayelsa State Police Command proved abortive as calls to the command’s Public Relation Officer, Asinim Butswat, indicated that his mobile phone was switched off.

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