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BREAKING NEWS: Gunmen Abduct President Jonathan's Cousin in Otuoke,

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About ten heavily armed gunmen kidnapped Chief Inengite
Nitabai, President Goodluck Jonathan’s first cousin and
father-like figure, from his residence in Otuoke, Ogbia
LGA of Bayelsa State.
The kidnappers stormed the Nitabai family compound at
between 8 and 9 p.m. on Sunday. Apart from the victim,
his wife, three of their children and his wife’s sister were in
the house at the time of the attack.
According to Chief Nitabai wife’s sister, 37-year-old
Akinobebh Jin, the alarm was raised by one of the sons as he
saw the criminals. The family was confused as to what
actions to take, she says.
Five of the kidnappers entered the house, barking the
orders, some of them followed members of the family to the
kitchen. The hoodlums ordered them to lie down, threatening
to shoot them. They hit Chief Nitabai’s wife on the head and
demanded money, while Mr. Nitabai was hit with the butt
of a gun.
Mrs. Nitabai agreed to give them money and the criminals
followed her to the bedroom. After collecting about
N400,000, the gunmen took their victim, forced him into a
car and sped away.
Five other gunmen, according to Jin, were guarding the
premises and locked the family inside the house before
leaving.
Jin herself sustained a minor injury and says the familt is
yet to recover from shock.
Joint Task Force men and police officers have been
deployed to the place. The road leading to Otuoke had been
cordoned off by soldiers.
Chief Nitabai is about 70 years old and is a compound chief
in the President Jonathan’s Ebele family. He is a father-
like figure to the President, since Jonathan’s biological
father died, sources from the family said.
Police officials and other security agencies have swung into
action to investigate the incident. Two suspects have been
arrested so far in connection with the kidnap, as others
managed to escape.
Some soldiers have been guarding the mansion of President
Jonathan, others have been stationed at the former hotel
belonging to the wife of the President, Mrs. Patience
Jonathan.

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