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Gunmen kidnap Jonathan’s cousin in Bayelsa

Jephthah Robert, a cousin of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, has been abducted by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers in front of his house around Dimrose Road in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital.

According to PUNCH, Jephthah was kidnapped at 9.30pm on Tuesday barely 24 hours after the Bayelsa State Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Federal Otokito, was released by his abductors.

WITHIN NIGERIA recalls that Otokito was whisked away by gunmen on January 20 from his residence in his community, Otuokpoti, in the Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.

Otokito spent about five days in the custody of his assailants before he was freed on Monday.

The state police spokesman, SP Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident in a terse response to inquiries.

Butswat said, “He was picked up at Dimrose Road in Yenagoa. We are intensifying effort to rescue him and arrest the kidnappers.

“We are working on a promising lead.”

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