Politicians in Bayelsa area are currently sleeping with an eye open for fear of not being attacked by kidnappers which has become a new trend in the oil rich state.
Fear has gripped politicians in Bayelsa State ahead of the December 5th governorship election over the spate of kidnappings and violent crimes in the state.
According to Sun News, the kidnap of Mrs. Ebifeigha Dikoro, the 104 year-old mother of the All Progressives Congress (APC) running mate, Elder Wilberforce Igiri is allegedly being interpreted as a pointer to worse things to befall strong political actors in the state. The kidnappers have not demanded any ransom from the family.
It was gathered that fear was heightened by the silence the kidnappers had maintained since they abducted the centenarian. Sources said the incident had triggered the request of police protection by political actors in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and APC for family members to forestall any ugly incident.
A police source assured that the police are on top of the situation and would ensure that Mrs. Ebifeigha is released soon.
Meanwhile, youths in Korokosei community in Southern Ijaw LGA of Bayelsa State are said to have engaged suspected kidnappers in a gun battle to free one Dr. Ekwueme Maduka Amirize, a medical doctor, who was kidnapped from the Korokosei Comprehensive Health Centre.
Findings indicated that the youths, acting on a tip off, decided to storm the kidnappers’ den and after the gun duel released Dr Amirize and arrested two of the kidnappers.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Ansim Butwats confirmed the release of the doctor by community youths.