Gunmen Abduct Ex-Bayelsa Commissioner

Some gunmen have abducted Marie Ebikake, a former Commissioner for Transport in Bayelsa state. She was abducted from her residence in Igbogene area of Yenagoa in the early hours of Sunday.

Ebikake, an indigene of Brass LGA and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, had resigned as Transport Commissioner during the race for the re-election of Governor Seriake Dickson amidst political disputes between the governor and wife of former President, Patience Jonathan. She recently returned to the fold of Governor Dickson’s political camp, the Restoration Group. She is currently a key member of the contact and reconciliation committee of the state chapter of the PDP set up by Dickson.

The Punch reports that three days before her abduction, some armed men had invaded her country home in Twon-Brass in Brass LGA and vandalised the residence. The armed men reportedly destroyed her bullet-proof doors and performed strange fetish sacrifice with raw eggs broken on her vehicles and doors.

 A family member said the men, numbering about 15, had gained entry through one of the windows in their apartment after scaling the fence.

When contacted,Asinim Butswat, the Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Command, has said that a manhunt has been launched to apprehend the suspects.

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