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Saturday, 3 September 2011

Gunmen kidnap First Classtraditional ruler in Bayelsa State

On 1 September,
unknown gunmen kidnapped a traditional
ruler, His Royal Majesty, King Godwin Igodo,
the Ebeni Ibe of Atissa Kingdom, in Obogoro,
Yenagoa Local Government Area, Bayelsa
State. The royal father is a First Class Ruler in
the Traditional Rulers Council in the state.
According to local residents, a group of
armed men came in a speedboat to
Obogoro, a riverside settlement near the
state capital, Yenagoa. Around 9.45pm, they
got to King Igodo’s residence. The sources
said the royal father, well into his seventies,
had retired for the night, but the armed men
woke him up forcefully and dragged him
out. They marched him to their waiting boat
at the waterfront and sped off into the
creeks.
At the time of this report almost 24 hours
later, the kidnappers had not established
contact with the King’s family, but the state
police command had dispatched a team of
investigators to the areas around the
community. The Police Public Relations
Officer in the state, Mr Eguavoen Emokpae,
told newsmen that the police was making
frantic efforts to ensure the release of the
monarch.
This is the second time a First Class monarch
from Bayelsa State is being kidnapped in the
last three months. On 26 June, King Oweipa
Jones-Ere, the Ebenanaowei of Ogboin
Kingdom, was kidnapped at a dredging site
in Emohua LGA of Rivers State. The
kidnappers demanded N25 million ransom.
He was freed seven days later but it was not
known whether any ransom was paid.

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