Gunmen today abducted the council Chairman of Ogbia local government in Bayelsa State, Mr. Enaye Abah. Ogbia is the local government of President Goodluck Jonathan.
The gang of numbering about four reportedly waylaid the chairman along the Otuasega-Okaki road and barricaded his official vehicle.
His police orderly was said to have abandoned him and fled following the sporadic gunshots fired by the hoodlums.
The Nation gathered that the abductors dragged him out of his vehicle at gunpoint and took him to Okarki in neighbouring Rivers State. They reportedly whisked him away in a waiting speedboat.
A source said: “The kidnappers rode in a Mazda car. On sighting the vehicle conveying the chairman, they blocked him with their car. The police orderly attached to the chairman came down from the vehicle fuming over the blockade.
“But on sighting heavy arms and on hearing the volley of gunshots released towards the vehicle, he scampered for safety, abandoned his principal and ran away.
“The armed men dragged the council Chairman from his vehicle and transferred him into a blue colored Mazda. They drove him away towards the waterside.
“At the waterside, he was taken to a waiting speedboat. The driver of the Blue Mazda was shot in the leg for refusing to follow the gunmen and their victim into the waiting speedboat.
“The Mazda was later set ablaze by the armed men along the waterside and the number plate taken away.”
Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Asinim Butswat Astimin, said preliminary report showed that the abducted Chairman was ferried by his abductors towards the Abua waterways in Rivers State.
“Our men have been placed on red alert and we have put measures in place to rescue him,” he said.
In a related development, Unidentified gunmen yesterday killed a local coordinator for the governorship campaign of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the governor-elect of Kaduna state.