Unknown gunmen, suspected to be kidnappers, have abducted a former Commissioner for Transport in Bayelsa State, Mrs. Marie Ebikake, and a soldier in the state.
The abductions took place in two separate incidents.
While Ebikake, the first female Chairman of Brass Local Government Area, was abducted on Sunday morning at her residence in Igbogene area of Yenagoa, the soldier, identified as Rotimi, was abducted along the Foropa-Gbarain route of the Southern Ijaw creek.
The assailants reportedly seized Rotimi on his way to Yenagoa and shot the driver of the boat conveying him in the shoulder and thereafter stole the engine of the boat.
Mrs. Ebikake, an indigene of Brass LGA and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, was abducted at about 1.30am on Sunday.
Ebikake had resigned as Transport Commissioner during the race for the re-election of Governor Seriake Dickson amidst political disputes between the governor and wife of former President, Dame Patience Jonathan.
She recently returned to the fold of Governor Dickson’s political camp, the Restoration Group.
Currently, Ebikake is a key member of the contact and reconciliation committee of the state chapter of the PDP set up by Dickson.
It was learnt that three days before her abduction, some armed men had invaded her country home in Twon-Brass in Brass LGA and vandalised the palatial residence.
It was further learnt that during the invasion of her Twon-Brass home, she (Ebikake) was not at home but the armed men reportedly destroyed her bullet-proof doors and performed strange fetish sacrifice with raw eggs broken on her vehicles and doors.
Speaking on Ebikake’s abduction, a family source said the gunmen were about 15 in number.
The source, who did not want his name mentioned, said the hoodlums gained entry through one of the windows in their apartment after scaling the fence.
The Caretaker Chairman, Brass LGA, Victor Isaiah, described the abduction as shocking and condemnable.
Isaiah said, “I am shocked at the condemnable act of wickedness by evil and cold-hearted elements on a peaceful and harmless woman.
“I am saddened that our mother and leader will be subjected to harmful experience in the hands of those uncultured criminals.
“I call on the kidnappers to release her unconditionally, unhurt and in sound health. I also urge security agents to intensify efforts at rescuing the kidnapped honorable.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, confirmed the abduction of Ebikake.
Butswat, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said, “She was abducted at her residence by unknown gunmen at about 1am today (Sunday).
“A manhunt has been launched to apprehend the perpetrators.” Punch