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Gunmen abduct Senator’s 73-yr-old mother

Yenagoa—Barely 24 hours after armed gunmen launched a vicious attack on the Amassoma branch of the United Bank For Africa, UBA, in the Southern Ijaw council area of Bayelsa State in which five persons, including two policemen and an eight months old baby lost their lives, an unknown gunmen struck yet again Wednesday at Opolo in the heart of Yenagoa, the state capital and abducted Mrs. Florentina Emmanuel, the 73-year-old mother of a National Assembly member, Senator Emmanuel Paulker, representing Bayelsa Central senatorial district.

The development which is coming on the heels of the tragic Amassoma attack and the recent invasion of the residence of former PDP women leader and ex chairperson of Brass Local Government Area, Mrs. Helen Bob, has further heightened the fear of insecurity in the state.

The latest incident Vanguard learnt occurred between 7.30pm and 8pm at the densely populated Opolo settlement, when most residents were just retiring to their homes after the day’s work.

It could not be ascertained if the abduction was politically motivated but a source told Vanguard that the harsh economic condition in the state might have precipitated the action of the gunmen, who might just be out to fleece money from their victim’s son.

Informed sources told Vanguard that the gunmen, about three in number armed with  AK47 and pump action rifles, stormed Madam Emmanuel ’s residence in a commando style and ordered the occupants to lie down or risk being shot.

It was learnt that the sound of rapid fire from the rifle of one of the gunmen stationed on the road leading to their victim’s house caused the locals to scamper for safety.

Having succeeded in their mission, the gunmen were said to have whisked their victim to an unknown destination.
When Vanguard visited the victim’s home, sympathizers and community youths had besieged the place, sympathizing with the family.

Though efforts to get the comment of the victim’s son, Senator  Paulker proved abortive but a member of the family, Chief Emmanuel Bokizibe expressed concern over the sad development, saying no contact had been established with the kidnappers. But an associate of the family who spoke on condition of anonymity said the worried relations have been making frantic effort to link up with the suspected kidnappers.

As at press time, the kidnappers had not reeled out any demand for ransom or state the purpose of their mission.
Also confirming the incident, the Police Public Relation of Officer, Solomon Omoemin, (ASP), assured that the perpetrators would soon be fish out from their hideout.

His words, “three suspected gunmen abducted the mother of a serving senator_Paulker Emmanuel around 8pm on Wednesday at his residence_Opolo in Yenagoa local government area of the state.

“We are yet to make any contact with the kidnappers but we are still on the look out, with time they would be fish out.”


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