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Bayelsa female commissioner abducted by gunmen

By Emem Idio

YENAGOA—BARELY twenty-four hours after the sister of the Bayelsa state Governor, Seriake Dickson, was kidnapped, suspected kidnappers on Sunday struck in Ogbia Local Government Area  abducting the serving  Commissioner for Local Government, Mrs. Sarafina Otazi.

Confirming the abduction of the state government official, a nephew of the victim, Mr. Patrick Oba, said she was kidnapped at gunpoint in Otuoke on her way to Ewoi Community in Ogbia Local Government Area for funeral.

According to the family source, the kidnappers reportedly whisked away the victim who was in company of two other  ladies when they attacked and took away her car keys apparently to frustrate attempts at reporting the crime.

It was also gathered that the two female occupants of the car and the driver were unharmed by the gunmen who sped off to an unknown destination in their own vehicle.

Otazi is a one-time acting chairperson of Ogbia Council area and also a former Commissioner for Women Affairs in the state.

Spokesperson of the Bayelsa state Police Command, Asinim  Butswatt, who confirmed the incident, said he was  yet to get details as at press time.


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