By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoaâ€”The peace of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital was again shattered Wednesday as gunmen kidnapped the husband of the immediate past Acting Chief Judge of the state, Justice Margaret Akpomiemie, on the busy Mbiama-Yenagoa road.
The incident, which Vanguard learnt occurred at noon, caused serious pandemonium as both motorists and passers-by ran for cover while residents of the area watched helplessly as the gunmen pounced on their victim.
It was gathered that the gunmen, five in number might have been trailing the sport utility vehicle of their victim, Mr. Emmanuel Akpomiemie, when they finally used their vehicle to block him around the Edepie suburb of the capital city.
An agitated Akpomiemie, a former staff of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) was said to have jumped out of his vehicle as the kidnappers made for him causing them to fire sporadically into the air to halt him from moving and also whittle down possible resistance from motorists and passersby who might want to foil the kidnap plot.
Residents were said to have watched in horror as the banditsâ€™ target ran into a building materials shop.
The gunmen were said to have gone after him and dragged him out into his vehicle before driving him away towards the Tombia round about connecting Ogbia town, the university town of Amassoma and Yenagoa city centre.
It was, however, learnt that the SUV jeep was later recovered by men of the Joint Task Force from where it was abandoned around Mbiama in Rivers State.
Effort to get the comment of the former acting Chief Judge proved abortive at press time.
As at the time of this report, no contact has been established with the kidnappers or the motive for the abduction known but the incident is the latest in a string of kidnappings in recent months.
Contacted, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Iniobong Ibokette (DSP) confirmed the incident saying the police have commenced investigation into the matter with a view to securing the immediate release of the man.