The police and the State
Security Service have intensified search for the clan head of Okordia
in Ikarama community, Yenagoa Local Government Area, Richard Seiba,
who was abducted on Saturday morning by gunmen.
security operatives were combing the bushes and creeks for the
70-year-old monarch.

Gunmen stormed the palace of the traditional ruler at about 2am and
abducted Seiba.

Though nobody knew the motive of the abductors, some people in the
community said they were expecting the kidnappers to contact family
members of their victim to demand a ransom.

A member of the Community Development Committee in the area,
Washington Odoyibo, said the abductors pointed a gun at the monarch
through the window and forced him to open the door to his room.

The community and family members of the monarch were said to have
panicked as the gunmen had yet to contact them two days after the
disappearance of their traditional ruler.

“We have been calling the phone number of our paramount ruler but it
is not connecting. We learnt that when the gunmen came, they seized
his phones. We are beginning to question the motive behind the
abduction and we hope that our monarch is still alive,” a community
member said.

Though the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Fidelis Odunna, could
not be reached for his comments, a security source told our
correspondent that security operatives had intensified search for the

The source, who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorised to
speak on the matter, added, “Other three incidents of abduction that
had occurred in this state had followed the same pattern. The
assailants always keep quiet two or three days before contacting the
family of their victims. They do it to create tension among the family
members and facilitate negotiation for ransom”, he said.

Meanwhile, the Commander of the Niger Delta Joint Task Force
codenamed, Operation Pulo Shield, Major-General Johnson Ochoga, and
the Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, on Sunday evening,
visited the palace of the abducted clan head of Okordia.
                                                          The governor
was represented by his Special Adviser on Security, Lt. Col. Bernard
Kenibai (retd), and other top government officials.

It was also gathered that the state’s Director, SSS, Mr. Andrew
Iorkyar, the Area Commander of the police and the Chairman of Yenagoa
Local Government Area were among the delegates.

A source from the palace said that the delegates inspected the scene
of the crime and held a brief meeting at the palace with the victim’s
family members.

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