Three gunmen last Sunday night invaded the country home of chairman of Ogbia local government council in Bayelsa State and kidnapped his parents.
The abducted parents, Mr. Festus Ibegu and Mrs. Ebiye Ibegu were kidnapped at their residence at about 9.19pm by the gunmen while relaxing at home. The armed men shot sporadically in the air to scare any intruders.
The gunmen, who invaded the area with a speed boat, escaped with their victims by passing through Oloibiri water ways to an unknown destination. Kidnapped mother of Speaker of Bayelsa State House of Assembly Madam Betinah Benson was released by gunmen barely a week ago after the payment of an undisclosed ransom.
There have been worries in the state over the renewed incidence of kidnapping but the state government had alleged that some disgruntled politicians in the state were behind the activities of the kidnappers.
Kidnap of the Ibegus currently raising tension in the community may have a political undertone. It was learnt that the gunmen may have abducted the victims for a ransom. No group has however claimed responsibility for the abduction of the chairman’s parents whose whereabouts are still unknown. Efforts to reach Chairman of Ogbia local government Richard Ibegu were not successful. Police Public Relations Officer for state police command Fidelis Odunna confirmed the incident.