Bayelsa State police command have confirmed the kidnapping of President Goodluck Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Research, Documentation and Strategy, Oronto Douglas’ elder sister, Augusta Douglas-Ayam.
Confirming the incident, Hilary Opara, the commissioner of police, said Mrs Douglas-Ayam was kidnapped at about 8 p.m. on Monday night in Ogbia town by unidentified gunmen.
The comissioner, upon returning to the state capital after visiting the scene of the kidnap, said no arrest had been made yet. But, he assured, marine police had been deployed to the creeks to effect the rescue of the victim.
The spokesman for state’s police command, Alex Akhigbe (DSP) said officers from Anti-Kidnapping Squad had been deployed to go after the kidnappers.
“We are after the kidnappers and very soon, they will be apprehended and the woman rescued,” he stated.
Another sibling to the President’s aide, Mr. Gift Douglas, said he received the disturbing information on phone on Monday night.
“I got the information this night that our elder sister has been kidnapped by gunmen who went to her shop at about 8 p.m. and shot into the air before taking her away through the creeks,” he narrated.
The incident had thrown the entire family into mourning.
The news shocked members of Bayelsa Government. The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Markson Fefegha, however, said the state government remained resolute in its determination to stamp out criminal activities in the state.
“It is sad and embarrassing that it happened at a time the present administration is recording great successes in the area of sustaining the existing peace.
“The state government is, however, optimistic that the security agencies will go after the kidnappers and swiftly rescue her,” Mr Fefegha said.