Suspected kidnappers have struck again in Bayelsa State as they kidnapped Mrs. Joyce Ebua, a sister to the Commissioner for Sports, Mr. Maitama Obodo.
Ebua was kidnapped in Olobiri community, Ogbia Local Government Area by five gunmen and whisked her to an unknown destination.
Ebua’s abduction is coming two weeks after the foster father of President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Inegite Nitabai was kidnapped in the same local government area.
Checks indicated that Ebua was kidnapped from her house in Oloibiri on Monday evening at about 8.55 pm, and her kidnappers took her away through the waterways behind her house.
Investigations revealed that the new Joint Task Force ( JTF) Operation Pulo Shield Commander, Major General Emmanuel Atewe was irked by the incident and immediately convened a meeting of officers and men of the outfit at the headquarters of the JTF in Yenagoa over the incident.
Atewe, after the meeting, was said to have led troops to the scene of the incident to get first hand information from eyewitnesses.
An eyewitness account said one of the kidnappers was wearing a police uniform, which did not make people to suspect their motive until they abducted their victim and shot sporadically into the air to escape.
Media Coordinator of the JTF, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu who confirmed the incident said the JTF is on top of the situation.
“The command has activated the security network on both land and waterways in conjunction with other security agencies to locate and track down the kidnappers” he said.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hilary Opara also confirmed the incident and said the police had begun investigations.