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Gunmen Abduct Bayelsa Commissioner’s Six-Year-Old Son

Four gunmen have abducted the six-year-old son of 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 11.30 pm 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 6 am, 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 12.30 am, 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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