Unknown gunmen at the wee hours of Wednesday abducted 72-year-old Chief Nitabai Inegite, an uncle and foster father to former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Nitabai was reportedly kidnapped on Tuesday night, about 3.30am at his residence in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
“Confirming the report, the police spokesman, DSP Asinim Butswat said, “On the 17th February, about 0330hrs, seven unknown gunmen abducted one Inengite Nitabai at his residence in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area.
“A massive manhunt has been launched by a combined team of Marine Police and anti-kidnapping unit of the command, to rescue the victim and arrest the abductors. Investigation is ongoing.”
It will be recalled that the victim was kidnapped on February 28, 2014 in his house and was freed by security forces at Akipli Community in Ogbia on March 10, 2014.
Nitabai had described the 2014 experience as ‘traumatic’, explaining that he was beaten with gun butt and kicked on the floor by his abductors.
He said the armed men tied his hands, blind folded him and tortured him in order to make him convince the then President, Dr. Gooluck Jonathan and other family members to pay up the ransom demanded.
“I thank God for keeping me alive. I was made to sleep on the bare floor and fed with garri and red oil for three weeks in the bush.
“I was tortured and beaten with guns and kicked with legs on the floor. When I was young, there was no such things as kidnapping. I don’t know why it must be me,” Nitabai said.
Mr Oru Solomon, a relation of the victim, who also confirmed the development, appealed to the kidnappers to free the old man, in view of his age.
Nancy Dickson, Younger Sister to Governor Seriake Dickson abducted in December 2015 has been in kidnapers’ dens for over 58 days despite an ultimatum given by the governor to the kidnappers.
The governor had in his first tenure in office signed the anti kidnapping law which prescribes death sentence for kidnapping but no one has been convicted by the law while the menace thrives.

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