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Published On: Sun, Jan 31st, 2016

Gunmen Kidnap Dickson’s Aide as Sister Spends 42 Days in Kidnappers’ Den

Seriake Dickson's junior sister, Nancy

Seriake Dickson’s junior sister, Nancy

LAGOS JANUARY 31ST (URHOBOODAY)-Gunmen on Sunday kidnapped an aide to Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, Captain Henry Ungbuku (rtd).
Ungbuku, who is the Special Adviser on Aviation to the Bayelsa State Governor, was abducted as he was about leaving the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Light House Parish, after service.
It was gathered that his abductors had laid siege to the church located in Iwofe, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State as early as 8.50am, waiting for their victim to come out at the end of the service before pouncing on him.

An eyewitness told our correspondent that an unsuspecting Ungbuku, who came out of the church some minutes after 10am, was stopped by the hoodlums as he drove out of the premises of the church.
Ungbuku’s abductors were said to have asked him to open the door of his vehicle while one of them pointed a gun at him.
The gunmen, according to the source, drove their victim away to an unknown destination after forcing him into a waiting vehicle.
“They were about four, but we did not know whether there are others hanging around the premises of the church. They forced him out of the car at gun point and took him away.
“There was confusion around the premises of the church when the incident happened. The kidnappers were all armed and many people who saw the scene were all scared,” the eyewitness said.
When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ahmad Mohammad, confirmed the kidnap of Dickson’s aide in the state and added that efforts were in top gear to effect his rescue and apprehend those behind the dastardly act.
In another development, Miss Nancy Dickson, the abducted younger sister of Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson, has continued to languish in kidnappers’ den after over 42 days of abduction.
Some concerned Bayelsa residents, particularly those residing in Yenagoa, the state capital, expressed outrage at the continued hostage of Nancy.
They were peeved that the Governor could abandon her sister to her fate without making frantic efforts to secure her release.
They wondered that if the Governor could show such indifference to her own abducted sister, what would the fate of other people who are not related to him be.
The 26-year-old Nancy, said to be the last child of the Dicksons, was abducted on December 19, 2015, by yet-to-be-identified gunmen.
She was seized at her shop on Okaka Road, Yenagoa, by gunmen who reportedly drove in an ash Lexus Jeep.
Her captors were said to have trailed her to her shop and whisked her away to an unknown place about 2:50pm on the fateful day.
Her shop is located in a building housing the office of the Bayelsa Volunteers, an army of youths working for the government to assist security agencies in crime prevention.
The victim was abducted a few days to the January 9 supplementary governorship election, which Dickson (his brother) won and became reelected for a second term.
The governor’s sister spent the Christmas and the New Year celebrations with her assailants. Nancy was also missing when family members and the governor celebrated their victory at the poll and may also miss Dickson’s inauguration for a second term in office on February 14.
Most people criticised the governor for his indifference to her sister’s plight and also expressed fears that her captors might subject her to multiple sexual assaults.
A source close to the governor said Dickson was not disposed to paying any ransom to secure the freedom of her sister.
The source, who did not want his name in print, said the governor had also ordered his family members not to pay ransom to the kidnappers.

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