Kidnapped Jonathan’s uncle freed

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The uncle of President Goodluck Jonathan who was kidnapped on Feb. 23 in Bayelsa, Chief Nengite Nitabai, 70, has been released.

Hilary Okara, Commisioner of Police in the State, who confirmed the development in  Yenagoa, said Nitabai was freed in Odioma community in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa.

Nitabai, a community leader in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area, was freed unharmed and had re-united with his family.

“We rescued Nitabai from Odioma coastal settlement and as I speak with you, I am with him in his house in Otuoke,” Okpara said.

Okpara said six suspects, including a traditional ruler believed to be the father of the leader of the gang, were arrested in connection with the abduction.

Okpara had on Wednesday dispelled rumours that the septuagenarian had died in the hands of his abductors and assured that the police were closing in on the hoodlums.

It will be recalled that members of Nitabai’s family had offered a ransom of N30 million which was rejected by the kidnappers who had demanded for N500 million but the police spokesman, Alex Akhigbe, said that no ransom was paid for Nitabai’s release.

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