Gunmen struck at Oloibiri in Bayelsa on Monday, abducting one Joyce Ebua, a sister to the state’s Commissioner for Sports, Maitama Obodo.
Sources say that five gunmen stormed Ebua’s residence at about 8.55 p.m. and whisked her away through the waterways at the back of her house.
The incident prompted the Commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF), Operation Pulo Shield, Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Atewe, to deploy officers and men to launch a manhunt for the kidnappers on Tuesday.
The gunmen were said to have shot sporadically into the air before taking away their victim to an unknown place in the creeks.
The Media Coordinator of the JTF, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, confirmed the incident and said the “The command has activated the security network on both land and waterways in conjunction with other security agencies to locate and track down the kidnappers,” he said.
The Bayelsa Commissioner of Police, Hilary Opara, said also that the police had commenced investigations.