Unknown gunmen yesterday abducted the Special Adviser to Bayelsa State Governor on Political Matters, Mr. Fyneman Wilson and his personal assistant in the state.
Wilson, one of the close confidants of Governor Seriake Dickson, was abducted in the early hours of Wednesday in Sagbama local government area of the state.
The abducted top aide in Dickson’s government is a kinsman of the Governor.
Wilson’s abduction is coming barely a day after Dickson formally declared his intention to seek re-election as governor of the state.
It was learnt that the Special Adviser was seized around 4am on Wednesday by five unknown gunmen.
The abductors were said to have gone to the residence of Wilson at Sagbama Town and abducted him with his personal assistant, identified simply as Fred, to an unknown destination.
The gunmen were said to have shot sporadically into the air to scare residents of the area before whisking them away.
Reasons for the abduction of Wilson and his PA were yet to be known, but government sources said their abduction was not unconnected with the political situation in the state.
A ranking official of the government, who did not want his name mentioned, also said the kidnap of the governor’s aide had political undertones.
The official claimed that some people were getting jittery as the December 5 governorship election in the state draws nearer.
He said, “There is definitely more to this abduction. I can tell you without fear of contradiction that the kidnap of Wilson is politically motivated.
“With the governorship poll just a few months away, some people are getting really scared of the overwhelming support the governor is receiving on a daily basis from Bayelsans and outside. They are facing the reality of a disgraceful defeat and will do anything, including kidnapping of key officials of this administration, to stave off that certain defeat.”
He called on the security agencies in the state to swing into action to ensure that Wilson was rescued without any harm.
Also, an arm of the Peoples Democratic Party in Bayelsa, the PDP Youth Vanguard, has called on security agencies in the state to redouble their efforts at combating crime and violent activities, particularly those contrived for political ends.
The body raised the alarm that such action was a threat to the peaceful conduct of the forthcoming elections in the state, even as it accused the opposition of being behind the abduction.
In a statement by the group’s Publicity Secretary, James Ere, the group said Wilson’s kidnap was politically motivated and asked the security organs to step in and arrest the situation immediately.
Warning that the consequence of inaction is dangerous to democracy, Ere said the state could become a theatre of war, insisting that the leaders of the opposition in the state are known for violence and that they should be properly monitored to avert breakdown of law and order.
It said, “As a group, we condemn the resort to violence and sponsored kidnapping by the opposition. As many are aware, some of the so-called opposition leaders, who are today parading themselves as aspirants, have record of political violence and a penchant for blood-letting.
Ere said the recourse to violence was the only means the opposition could be relevant in the state and as such bent on doing harm to peace and stability as a way of intimidation.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Police Command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, confirmed the abduction.
Butswat, an assistant superintendent of police, said, “On September 9, 2015, at about 0400hrs, five unknown gunmen went to the residence of Mr. Fyneman Wilson at Sagbama Town, in Sagbama LGA, and abducted him with his Personal Assistant, Mr Fred, to an unknown destination.
“The Marine Police, Joint Military Task Force and the anti-kidnapping unit of the police have been alerted,” he explained.
The police spokesman said efforts had been intensified to rescue the victims and arrest the abductors, adding that investigation was ongoing.


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