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Gunmen kidnap ex-gov Sylva’s uncle

By Samuel Oyadongha

YENAGOA — Unknown armed men have kidnapped the 86-year-old uncle of Chief Timipre Sylva, the immediate past governor of Bayelsa State.

The victim, identified as Chief Benson Ayerite Adigio-Eseni, a retired army major, it was learnt, was seized in the wee hours of yesterday in his country home at Okpoama, Brass Local Government Area of the state.

A community source told Vanguard that the kidnappers, armed with AK-47 rifles, stormed the coastal settlement on the Atlantic fringe in a speedboat and whisked away their victim to an unknown destination.

They were said to have shot sporadically into the air to scare away the natives before snatching the former governor’s uncle who is also the father of a former aide to former Governor Timipre Sylva, Austin Adigio, before disappearing into the creeks.

At press time, the kidnappers were yet to establish contract with the victim’s family.

Contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Alex Akhigbe, confirmed the incident but said information at his disposal still sketchy.


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