I’ll release your Man, when Police free my Father says Gunman who abducted Commisioner

I’ll release your Man, when Police free my Father says Gunman who abducted Commisioner

The abductors of the Bayelsa State Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Federal Otokito, have contacted the paramount ruler of his community, Otuokpoti, in the Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.

Recall that the commissioner was kidnapped at night few days ago at gunpoint into a waiting speedboat at the waterside.

According to the PUNCH, it is believed that the kidnappers of the commissioner are operators of illegal crude oil refinery, also known as ‘kpofire’,

They were said to have kidnapped Otokito for opposing their plan to set up an illegal crude oil refinery in the community’s forest.

Before the incident, the gang leader had reportedly approached Otuokpoti community and held a meeting with some elders and youths, where he sought to set up an illegal bunkering camp around the community’s bush .

The gang leader was able to reach an understanding with the elders who went home with gift items like goats and bag of rice as a sign of agreement.

However, Otokito got wind of the meeting and headed to the village and vowed that as a serving commissioner, he would not allow any illegitimate oil refinery to operate in the area.

He was said to have also confronted the leader of the gang and warned them to stay away from the forest, threatening to expose them if they attempted to carry out their nefarious business.

Apparently angered by the commissioner’s decision to abort their illicit plan, the armed oil thieves were said to have stormed Otokito’s house at about 11pm on Thursday and gained entrance through the kitchen.

A family source, who spoke in confidence said the kidnappers’ leader has called the traditional ruler at about 5:30am on Saturday informing the ruler that Otokito is in thier custody

According to the source, the only condition the leader gave for the realease of Otokito was that his detained father be released by the police.

The source said, “They’ve not contacted the family but the actor (leader) called the paramount ruler that he actually did the kidnapping and the commissioner is with him.

“He called the paramount ruler at about 5:30am but did not demand ransom. The only seeming demand he placed is that his father held by the police should be freed. He threatened to come back to the community if his demand was not met.”

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