Authorities of the Bayelsa State Police Command have confirmed the abduction of an accountant with the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Chief Numudogio Micah by unknown gunmen.
Micah was reportedly whisked away to an unknown destination on January 5th, along the Brass-Nembe waterways by suspected sea pirates.
The hoodlums were also reported to have contacted the family and demanded N30million ransom to set him free.
It was gathered that the suspected sea pirates arm bushed the boat in which their victim was travelling on and picked him out. “They got to the boat and picked only him out. It seems someone had informed the sea pirates from the jetty,” a source told LEADERSHIP.
The spokesman of the State Police Command, AsImin Butswat, who confirmed the development, said the police are investigating the incident.
Meanwhile the leadership of the umbrella body of Ijaw Youths Worldwide, the Ijaw Youths Council has frowned at the development, demanding the immediate and unconditional release of the employee.
The youths under the aegis of the Brass local government chapter of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) also called on security agencies to unmask the identities of the kidnappers and facilitate the release of the victim.
Describing the abduction as unwarranted and unprovoked, the Brass chairman of IYC, Mr. Beledanyo Barass, said the victim, whom he described as a philanthropist, must be released unharmed.
Barass, who is also the treasurer, IYC Central Zone, said: “We are calling on the kidnappers to spare him and release him to us unharmed. He is a man of peace with great love for youths.
“This is a man who deserves encomium and commendations from us for the relative tranquility he has brought to us. What happened to him is undeserving and we condemn it in entirety”.
He further said Ijaw youths were ready to storm the creeks to search and rescue the victim.
He also called on the federal and state governments to mobilise resources to ensure the freedom of Micah.
Barass appealed to the state and local governments to review the security architecture of the Brass local government area, especially the Nembe-Brass waterways by mounting military checkpoints in strategic positions.
“On the part of the state government, we are calling for policies and programmes that will promote peaceful coexistence.
“We are calling for the creation of job opportunities for the teeming youths in the area, including construction of good road network, hospitals and schools to control the perennial menace of crimes in the area.
“We also call on citizens to be vigilant at all times and report suspicious persons or group of persons to the police and other security agencies for prompt action”, he said.
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