johnathan cousinThe body of a cousin to former
President Jonathan, Mr Samuel
Oki , abducted along with the
foster father Chief Inegite Jonathan,
was on Friday found floating on
Otuoke river, witnesses say.
Unknown gunmen numbering
eight suspected to be kidnappers
had on Wednesday abducted
72-year-old Chief Inegite Jonathan,
but the kidnap of the young man
was not immediately noticed until
several hours later.
Fishermen in Otuoke
community on Friday discovered
the decomposing body of the
cousin to the former president,
raising fears about the safety of
the 72 -year – old victim whose
whereabouts is still unknown.
A family member of the
deceased, Mr Igbogamini Paul,
said that the kidnappers had
abducted both men on Wednesday.
Paul said that along the line, they
heard a gunshot but unknown to
them it was the said relative that
was shot by the kidnappers.
He expressed sadness over the
incident, adding that the death of
Oki, aged 35, was painful to the
The villagers were seen
discussing the sad incident in
hushed tones in their native Ogbia
According to them, native
divers and local fisherman
recovered the body and anchored
it by the riverside to prevent the
body from being carried away by
water currents.
The body had been deposited at
a morgue in the area.
Meanwhile, sympathisers
have been visiting the Otuoke
residence of the abducted chief
located within the neighbourhood
of the former President’s country
home in Otuoke.
The kidnappers are yet to
establish any contact with the
family of their hostage since
Bayelsa Police Public Relations
Officer, DSP Asini Butswat
confirmed the incident and
said the police were trailing the
“On 17th February, 2016, at
about 03.30hrs, 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,”
Butswat said.

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