by Solomon Osadolo
Bayelsa is turning into kidnap county. And this time, it is the folks of the affluent in society who are being kidnapped.
Only recently, the mother of the speaker of the state assembly was kidnapped and released. Today, Channels TV is reporting that the mother of the house leader was kidnapped.
Esther Akpe, the 59 year old mother of Peter Akpe, was kidnapped by gunmen around 10pm on Tuesday in Sagbama local government area of the state.
According to the report:
The gunmen were said to have come through the river around her residence and disappeared through same route.
They were said to have fired sporadically into the air to scare away the residents of the area.
The woman was said to have been sitting outside her home, savouring fresh air, when the kidnappers stormed her home. On hearing the sound of gunshots, she started to make her way into the house when the gunmen seized her and took her away into their speedboat and headed towards Bomadi in Delta State.
The troubled Leader of the House, Mr. Akpe confirmed the incident but said no contact had been established with the kidnappers.
Bayelsa State has witnessed a string of high profile kidnaps and this has urged the state governor to plan on sending a bill to the House of Assembly, which will make kidnappers face the death penalty.