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Gunmen abduct 85-yr-old Bayelsa monarch

By Emem Idio

Heavily armed unknown gunmen have kidnapped the eighty-five year paramount ruler of Gbarantoru community in Yenagoa Local Government Area, His Royal Highness Chief Benjamin Weke.

The octogenarian was reportedly abducted at his residence in the state capital in the early hours of yesterday by his assailants, who also went away with some undisclosed amount of money.

A family member Mrs. Blessing Weke told Saturday Vanguard that the gunmen had on July 1, sent a letter to the monarch, intimating him of their coming.

Mrs. Weke said, “They gunmen were about four in number and heavily armed. They came around 1am, and forcefully gain entrance and the wife was the first to wake up and also woke up his Highness. They immediately seized him and took some money meant for the traditional marriage of one of his sons scheduled to hold tomorrow (Saturday).

“They also beat up the wife who escorted them through the footpath behind his residence to the waterside where they escaped with a speedboat to an unknown location.”

Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswatt, DSP, who regretted the incident, said the family could not make contact with the police until 5am, adding that the marine component of the police have been alerted and are combing the creeks to find their whereabouts.


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