Masked gunmen abduct Goodluck Jonathan?s cousin in Bayelsa

Masked gunmen have abducted one of the cousins to former President Goodluck Jonathan in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.


The cousin identified as Jepthan Robert was kidnapped on Tuesday night, Janaury 25, in front of his house at Dimrose Road, Biogbolo area of Yenagoa.


He was said to be standing in front of his house around 9.30 pm when a fast-moving car stopped abruptly close to him and some masked men came down from the car and bundled him into it before he could raise the alarm.


Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Asinim Butswat, said the police are working to rescue the victim from his abductors.


“He was picked up at Dimrose Road in Yenagoa. We are intensifying efforts to rescue him and arrest the kidnappers. We are working on a promising lead” he said


Mr. Robert’s kidnap would be the sixth high-profile kidnap carried out in Bayelsa state in the last five months. 


Others that have been kidnapped include the mother of the Secretary to the Bayelsa State Government, Mrs Betinah Benson, Mr Tari Ajanami, a top banker in the state, Chief Marvin Turner, father of Ogbia Local Government Council Chairman, Mr Lotana Okoye, a popular businessmen and Commissioner for Trade, Industry and Investment, Mr Federal Otokito.