Gunmen abduct Bayelsa Speaker’s brother

Iniokpemi Benson was kidnapped at about 3 am.


Gunmen in the early hours of Monday abducted Iniokpoemi Benson, a younger brother to the Speaker of Bayelsa House of Assembly, Kombowei Benson.

The Commissioner of Police in Bayelsa, Hilary Okpara, who confirmed the incident, said the victim was abducted at about 3 a.m. at his residence in Korokorosei village in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.

Mr. Okpara said in a telephone interview that the police special anti-kidnap squad was on the trail of the kidnappers.

“We have got information on the incident, the DPO in the area and the Assistant Commissioner of Police have briefed me and the good thing is that we have known the direction the hoodlums are heading to so we shall round them up,” Mr. Okpara said.

The commissioner assured that the gunmen would be apprehended and the victim rescued.

Iniokpoemi was the immediate past chairman of the community’s development committee.

The commissioner also commented on the fate of 90-year-old Florentina Paulker, mother of Emmanuel Paulker representing Bayelsa Central, who was abducted in July.

“We have made some progress on that incident, we arrested one of them within hours and the next day we arrested three more subjects who are helping us and we are still making more arrests.

“It is a syndicate from what we have found out, we have cut off the communication link between the suspects in our custody and those holding the woman, so we are hoping that soon we shall free her,” he said.

Ms. Paulker, who was abducted on July 30 in Opollo area of Yenagoa, had been kidnapped in 2010, but was freed after eight days in captivity.

The security agents at the time killed one of the kidnappers in a shoot-out.

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Bayelsa.



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  • redeem

    Blame the spate of kidnapping in the state to the activities of the unthinking governor of the state-Dickson—the entire state is populated by settlers–bayelsans are moving out of the state-to Delta state–cause there is no longer space for them-in their own state-A state which is too small for the indigenes-should not award fake contracts to the settlers whom the governor including the speaker prefers to deal with-than the indigenes–every major contract in the state goes to the growing population of settlers-at the expense of the indigenes-NNDC which was created to develop a manpower for the zone-to also establish a middle class–But Bayelsan are becoming poorer than they were when the state was created-The place-is now being operated like a boko haram outfit- there is no case of kidnap that does not involve outsiders-the people of bayelsa are today like strangers in their own state-that is the state which the president hails from-Yet the governor is toying with it–For APC to arrange to have people kidnapped as if they are balls of akara-is a shame—————————————i have earlier called for the transfer of the CP–he is useless—to the state–

  • solozo

    I thought the Bayelsa State Government had been boasting that the State is now the most secure in the country? How come kidnapping is now coming back with force here? Where is Dou-akpo? What has happened to the JTF and all that? Na wah oh.

    • redeem

      blame it on APC and her team of kidnappers