By SAMUEL OYADONGHA
YENAGOA — Some unknown gunmen have abducted the six-year-old son of the former Bayelsa State Commissioner for Local Government and Community Development, Godknows Powell in the early hours of yesterday.
The victim was reportedly seized at about 12.45 am at the Etegwe suburb of Yenagoa.
Godknows Powell is an indigene of Agudama-Epie community but the abduction, it was learnt, occurred at his Etegwe residence.
The kidnappers, it was learnt, were yet to establish contact with the family.
There were conflicting accounts of the abduction.
One version had it that the child was kidnapped by the gunmen who accosted his mother while they were returning from the crossover church service.
Another account stated that the gunmen who are believed to be ‘commercial kidnappers’ stormed the Etegwe residence of Powell, a former Yenagoa local government chairman during the Diepreye Alamieyeseigha administration and a former commissioner in the past administration of Timipre Sylva and whisked away the child.
A close source to the embattled family confirmed the incident saying, “We are in a confused state. We are supposed to be celebrating the New Year but we are receiving sympathizers following the abduction of our son. We pray no harm comes to the boy.”
Contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Alex Akhigbe, confirmed the incident but said information at his disposal was still sketchy.