Unknown gunmen have kidnapped the paramount ruler of Gbarantoru community of Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, Chief Benjamin Weke.
It was learnt that four gunmen abducted the monarch, said to be 85 years old, in the early morning of Friday.
The gunmen were said to have shot sporadically into the air to scare residents before whisking their target away to an unknown destination.
A family source said Chief Weke was kidnapped in wee hours on Friday
The source, who did not want to be named, said, “Sadly, our father got kidnapped at about 1am in the morning of Friday, September 4 by four armed men.
“We do not know where his kidnappers have taken him to as no contact has been made. I am using this medium to call on all the relevant authorities to intervene in the matter and secure his release safely.”
In addition, another family source called on the youths of Yenagoa Local Government Area to rise to the occasion and defend their areas.
“We should not be allowing people to come in to kidnap our people and elders always. Communities should liaise with security agencies and government to set up strong vigilance group to repel any possible abduction or other criminal acts in our areas,” he said.
When contacted, the Bayelsa State Police Command spokesman, Mr. Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident stating that the abduction took place around 1:00 a.m. on Friday but that the family could only establish contact with the police around 5:00 a.m.
“It is true. The paramount ruler of Gbanrantoru community, Chief Benjamin Weke was abducted in the early morning of Friday by four armed men.
“The family was only able to get across to the police by 5:00 a.m. Before our operatives could get to the residence of the monarch, the gunmen had already whisked their victim away to yet-to-be-ascertained destination.
“The Joint Military Task Force and marine police have been alerted. They have mounted surveillance with a view to arresting the suspects and rescuing the octogenarian alive. Investigation is ongoing.”

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