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Gunmen kidnap Bayelsa chief

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By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenogoa

The Ibenanowei (paramount) ruler of Okordia clan in Yenagoa local government area of Bayelsa State, HRM, Chief Richard Seiba, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

Sunday Vanguard gathered that the monarch’s Ikarama-Okordia country home residence was violated at about 2 a.m. by the unknown gunmen who whisked him away.

At press time, the whereabouts of the monarch were unknown while his kidnappers were yet to establish contact with his family.

Though the motive for the abduction of the monarch, aged 70, viewed by many as sacrilegious, could not be ascertained sources told our correspondent that the kidnappers may have carried out the action for monetary reason. It was learnt that the kidnappers launched the attack through the river (Taylor creek) and escaped with their victim through same with a view to avoiding the security check at the Zarama and Biseni exit. The source said the gunmen broke into the victim’s apartment through a window by destroying the burglary.

The natives, it was further learnt, could not sleep again when the news of the abduction of the monarch broke.

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