Gunmen kidnap couples in Bayelsa

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By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa
Unknown armed gunmen struck in the early hours of Tuesday at Konga, an Akassa fishing community off the Atlantic coast of Brass in Bayelsa East senatorial district and kidnapped, Mr. and Mrs Joel Kido, parents of a maritime businessman in the area.

But Mr. Joel Kido, aged 65, father of the businessman was said to have jumped into the sea and escaped from his captors.

The gunmen, numbering about eight, it was learnt, stormed the residence of the couples at 12 midnight while they were asleep and marched them to their waiting speedboat.

While Mr. Joel managed to escape from his abductors his wife was not that lucky as she was whisked away to an unknown destination.

As at press time, the family was yet to establish contact with the gunmen.

Vanguard reliably learnt that sometime last year the father of the businessman also escaped a kidnap attempt allegedly launched by some unknown gunmen.

Though the reason for the abduction could not be ascertained, informed sources told Vanguard that it might not be unconnected with an unresolved issues between the businessman and his workers over alleged unpaid wages.

The police authorities Tuesday confirmed the abduction saying two suspects linked with the incident were now in their custody in Yenagoa.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Alex Akhigbe said the suspects had made useful statements assisting the police in their investigation.

He said the plans are underway to rescue the kidnapped woman and arrest the abductors.

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