Kidnappers free Bayelsa Commissioner’s sister

Governor Dickson of Bayelsa state.

Brother says no ransom was paid.

Ten days after her abduction by gunmen, Joyce Ebua, elder sister to the Bayelsa State Commissioner for Sports, Mitema Obodor, was released on Thursday after prolonged negotiations with her abductors.

Mrs. Ebua, 60, was dropped by her captors at about 12.30 a.m. at a coastal settlement after they had received an undisclosed sum, family and security sources told PREMIUM TIMES.

The sources said the actual ransom paid was kept secret due to the involvement of officials of the Bayelsa government.

Although Mr. Obodor confirmed the release of his sister, he said no ransom was paid to secure her freedom. He said officials of the State Security Service, SSS, facilitated his sister’s release.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Alex Akhigbe, also confirmed the release of Mrs. Ebua. He, however, said the police authorities were not involved in the operation.

The victim was kidnapped at her Oloibiri residence, Ogbia Local Government Area, at about 8.55 p.m. on March 10. The gunmen shot sporadically to scare people in the neighbourhood before whisking off Mrs. Ebua to an unknown destination.

There has been rising incidents of kidnapping in Bayelsa in spite of a law that stipulates death penalty for offenders. The law enacted over a year ago is yet to be effected on any suspect.

An uncle and foster father to President Goodluck Jonathan, Nengite Nitabai, recently regained his freedom after spending 17 days in the kidnappers den. Another close relative of the president was almost abducted the same day Mr. Nitabai was set free.

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

 

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.

Donate


NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required

DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: This space is available for a Text_Ad.. Call Willie on +2347088095401 for more information


All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.