Gun­men abduct Bayelsa com­mis­sioner’s six-year-old son

• Katsina po­lice res­cue three kid­napped vic­tims

The Punch - - METRO - Daniels Igoni and Olaide Oyelude

FOUR gun­men have ab­ducted the six-yearold son of the Bayelsa State Com­mis­sioner for Wa­ter Re­sources, Mr Nengi Tal­bot.

It was gath­ered that the ban­dits stormed Nengi’s res­i­dence at the Com­mis­sion­ers’ Quar­ter in Ye­nagoa on Sun­day and took the boy, An­to­nio, away.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened less than 24 hours af­ter the In­spec­tor-gen­eral of Po­lice, Mo­hammed Adamu, or­dered po­lice com­mands and for­ma­tions to tighten se­cu­rity across the coun­try ahead of the Christmas and New Year fes­tiv­i­ties.

The kid­nap­pers had yet to make con­tact with the Tal­bots as of the time of fil­ing this re­port.

The Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer in the state, Mr Asinim Butswat, con­firmed the in­ci­dent.

He said the four-man gang in­vaded the Tal­bots’ home around 11.30pm on Sun­day and whisked the vic­tim away to an un­known des­ti­na­tion.

“The com­mand has launched a man­hunt to res­cue the vic­tim and ar­rest the sus­pects. In­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing,” Butswat stated.

Mean­while, the Katsina State Po­lice Com­mand, on Mon­day, said its Oper­a­tion Puff Adder team en­gaged sus­pected ban­dits in a fierce gun bat­tle and suc­ceeded in res­cu­ing three kid­napped vic­tims, among whom was the wife of the state Chair­man of the Nige­ria Union of Teach­ers, Has­san Si­widi, Asma’u.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­mand, the vic­tims were res­cued in the early hours of Mon­day af­ter a fierce gun bat­tle with the ban­dits.

The com­mand’s spokesman, SP Isah Gambo, said in a state­ment that the 28-year-old Asma’u was res­cued around 6am in a bush at Yan­tu­maki in the Dan­musa Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state by the men of the Oper­a­tion Puff Adder.

Gambo ex­plained that apart from Asma’u, the two other vic­tims, Ha­jiya Aisha Isi­aka, 60, and Ha­jiya Barira Isi­aka, 65, both of the Mai Kare vil­lage in the Bat­sari Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state, were also res­cued around 12.30am af­ter a fierce gun duel be­tween the Oper­a­tion Puff Adder team and the sus­pected ban­dits who hith­erto held the women in cap­tiv­ity.

The po­lice spokesman said, “To­day, De­cem­ber 23, 2019, around 6am, the com­mand suc­ceeded in res­cu­ing one Asma’u Si­widi, 28, of the Dayi vil­lage, Malum­fashi LGA of Katsina State, who is the wife of Has­san Si­widi, the NUT chair­man, Katsina State chap­ter, who was kid­napped from the Dayi vil­lage on De­cem­ber 22, 2019. The vic­tim was res­cued from her cap­tors in the Yan­tu­maki bush, Dan­musa LGA of Katsina State by men of the Oper­a­tion Puff Adder led by DPO Dan­musa.

“Sim­i­larly on the same date around 12.30am, the com­mand suc­ceeded in res­cu­ing the duo of Ha­jiya Aisha Isi­aka, 60, and Ha­jiya Barira Isi­aka, 65, both of the Mai Kare vil­lage, Bat­sari LGA of Katsina State, af­ter a fierce gun duel with the sus­pected ban­dits.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.”

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