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Kidnappers of Augusta Douglas-Ayam yet to make contact

BY SAMUEL OYADONGHA
YENAGOA — TWO days after her abduction, the whereabouts of Mrs. Augusta Douglas-Ayam, sister of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Research and Documentation, Mr. Oronto Douglas, is still unknown.

Mrs. Augusta Douglas-Ayam, 49, was taken Monday night from her shop at gunpoint in Ogbia town, some distance from the community jetty by nine armed men clad in military uniform.

The said armed men arrived at the Ogbia market jetty and asked those within the waterside to lie-down, according to a family source.

The source said: “There was a brief argument between them and those asked to lie-down. Within seconds those of them that were already in her shop started shooting sporadically. “Afterward, they dragged her to a waiting speedboat and took her to an unknown destination.”

Family’s concern

A family spokesman, Romeo Douglas said, yesterday, that the gunmen were yet to establish contact with them just as he expressed concern over her state of health.

He said: “We are deeply concerned over the development, especially considering her poor state of health. Augusta Douglas-Ayam visited the hospital few days back over her health challenges.

“The family, therefore, wishes to appeal to the kidnappers to release her unconditionally on humanitarian grounds.”

A security source told Vanguard that it is either the kidnappers were deliberately refusing to contact the family for fear of being tracked down or to fuel their anxiety with a view to demanding huge ransom.

He, however, stated that  security agencies in the state are combing all the nooks and crannies of the creeks adding, “it is just a matter of time, we will unmask the perpetrators of the heinous act.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Alex Akhigbe, also confirmed the deployment of a special unit of the anti-kidnapping squad of the police and the maritime components of the special security outfit, Operation Door Akpor and the Joint Task Force.

“We are after the kidnappers and very soon, they will be apprehended and the woman rescued,” he said.

 


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