Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Nigeria: Armed Youths Abduct Gov.-Elect's Mother

Nigeria: Armed Youths Abduct Governor-Elect's Mother, Demand N50million


Akanimo Sampson
Bureau Chief, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

SOME seeming unorganised local terrorist gangs on Monday night, stormed Ubima, a rustic rural village in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State,one of Nigeria's key oil and gas producing states, and abducted the aged mother of the governor-elect of the state, Sir Celestine Omehia.

Local sources told Scoop on telephone on Tuesday, that the operation had the signature of an internal conspiracy. Although security agencies have cordoned off all available escape routes in the area, our correspondent however, gathered that some unemployed Ubima youths plotted the abduction for monetary reasons.

The story has it that some dissatisfied Ubima youths reached out to a suspected militia group at Ogbakiri, a riverine community in the same local government area, to assist them with some dare-devil gunmen to perfefct the abduction deal. At what a particular source described as ''an unholy hour of the night'', the gunmen struck and took the aged woman away.

News of the incident took the state in a storm, almost marring the workers' day ceremony in the state. As Emma Okah, Governor Peter Odili's Chief Press Secretary put it,, ''the whole of Rivers state as it were, is mourning because the woman is very advanced in age. She was led by his governor-elect son to cast her vote on April 14'', the obviously dejected Okah said.

Uncomfirmed sources however, had it that those behind the plot to abduct Omehia's mother, were dreaming for a ransome of N50million. They are said to be believing that the out-going Governor Odili doled out billions of naira to Omehia to oil his electioneering campaign and as such were allegedly out for a piece of the 'show'.

In the mean time, the police in Rivers say some arrests have been made and that the suspects are helping the authorities in their investigation.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 


Ian Powell: Are we happy living in Handy's Age of Unreason?

On 19 June the Sunday Star Times published my column on the relationship between the Labour government’s stewardship of Aotearoa New Zealand’s health system and the outcome of the next general election expected to be around September-October 2023: Is the health system an electoral sword of Damocles for Labour... More>>


The First Attack On The Independents: Albanese Hobbles The Crossbench
It did not take long for the new Australian Labor government to flex its muscle foolishly in response to the large crossbench of independents and small party members of Parliament. Despite promising a new age of transparency and accountability after the election of May 21, one of the first notable acts of the Albanese government was to attack the very people who gave voice to that movement. Dangerously, old party rule, however slim, is again found boneheaded and wanting... More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Predictable Monstrosities: Priti Patel Approves Assange’s Extradition
The only shock about the UK Home Secretary’s decision regarding Julian Assange was that it did not come sooner. In April, Chief Magistrate Senior District Judge Paul Goldspring expressed the view that he was “duty-bound” to send the case to Priti Patel to decide on whether to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the United States to face 18 charges, 17 grafted from the US Espionage Act of 1917... More>>


Dunne Speaks: Roe V. Wade Blindsides National

Momentum is everything in politics, but it is very fragile. There are times when unexpected actions can produce big shifts and changes in the political landscape. In 2017, for example, the Labour Party appeared headed for another hefty defeat in that year’s election until the abrupt decision of its then leader to step aside just weeks before the election. That decision changed the political landscape and set in train the events which led to Labour being anointed by New Zealand First to form a coalition government just a few weeks later... More>>

Digitl: Infrastructure Commission wants digital strategy
Earlier this month Te Waihanga, New Zealand’s infrastructure commission, tabled its first Infrastructure Strategy: Rautaki Hanganga o Aotearoa. Te Waihanga describes its document as a road map for a thriving New Zealand... More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Leaking For Roe V Wade
The US Supreme Court Chief Justice was furious. For the first time in history, the raw judicial process of one of the most powerful, and opaque arms of government, had been exposed via media – at least in preliminary form. It resembled, in no negligible way, the publication by WikiLeaks of various drafts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership... More>>