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53-yr-old mother of Bayelsa Health Commissioner abducted

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Barely two weeks after the abduction of the husband of former Bayelsa State Acting Chief Judge by yet to be identified gunmen, Madam Rachel Eruani, the 53-year-old mother of the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Azibapu Eruani, was last Tuesday kidnapped by armed gunmen in police uniform at Opolo in Yenagoa.

Meanwhile, the kidnappers of Engr. Emmanuel Akpomiemie, husband of the wife of the former Acting Chief Judge of the state, Justice Margaret Akpomiemie, it was learnt, are insisting that the latter must be the one to deliver a N10 million ransom before he would be released.

The latest abduction victim, Madam Eruani, Vanguard learnt, was lured out of her shop at the Opolo Market by two men in police uniform at about 8.30am.

Sources said the kidnappers had pretended that their victim’s husband was involved in a criminal matter before the state police command and that she would need to take them to her house for search.

The unsuspecting woman was said to have volunteered to accompany the uniformed men unknown to her that they were kidnappers.

Instead of taking their victim to her abode as demanded, the gunmen who came in a Mercedes Benz salon car were said to have sped off through the Opolo road to an unknown destination.

The victim’s son, Dr. Azibabu Eruani, who is the state Commissioner of Health, said his mother obliged the fake policemen due to her knowledge of law, with a view to correcting the alleged criminal charge.

When Vanguard visited the Opolo home of the Eruanis, it was besieged by sympathizers.
It was gathered that no contact had been made with the family by the kidnappers, while the victim’s mobile telephone remained switched off.

Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ibokette Iniobong (DSP), confirmed the incident, saying the matter was being investigated.

On the continued incarceration of the husband of the former Acting Chief Judge, a family source said yesterday that the former Chief Judge was prevailed upon to pay the kidnappers some of the ransom demanded to avoid the threat of killing him as made by his abductors.

Justice Akpomiemie was reported to have agreed to the N10million ransom, but the gunmen changed the game by asking her to bring it by herself.


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