Mrs. Augusta Douglas-Anyam, elder sister of Mr. Oronto Douglas, President Goodluck Jonathan’s Senior Adviser on Research, Documentation and Strategy has reunited with her family after spending nine days in kidnappers’ den. She was left off the hook on Thursday, October 24, 2013, Yenagoa Bayelsa State and she is currently receiving medical attention in a local hospital.
The family wouldn’t want to be dragged into how much ransom was paid to secure Augusta’s release, the family spokesman Romeo Douglas insisted no ransom was paid for his sister’s release. “Our beloved sister Augusta Anyam was unconditionally released to the family, we thank God for her protection and intervention, she is currently in hospital receiving treatment we will not be making further comment on this issue and we wish to put it behind us”, his statement read.
However, earlier in the week, the family through Mr. Aziayam Apaga had begged the kidnappers with N3 million ransom which was rejected as the woman’s abductors insisted on N10 million. Those who knew maintained Augusta’s freedom would not have come free. Again our text message to Mr. Oronto Douglas on Friday, October 25, 2013 for clarification was not replied till press time.
Mrs. Augusta Anyam, a trader was kidnapped by nine gunmen dressed in military outfit on Tuesday October 15, 2013, the bandits after a few days contacted the family where they demanded for N500 million ransom, the sum was later slashed to N17 million and then to N10 million, while the family begged with N3 million.
Meanwhile another high profile personality has being abducted. He is Edidem Ubong Peter Assam, the paramount ruler of Esit Eket local government in Akwa Ibom State. The royal father was whisked away from his palace on Monday October 21, 2013 and ferried offshore into the creeks, what transpired at the scene of incident was dramatic as youths mobilised with the Police to stop the assailants but it was too late as they had disappeared into thin air.
A ransom of N150 million was placed on the traditional ruler which was later brought down to N100 million, and the Esit Eket community are offering to part, with N10 million. As at Saturday October 26, 2013 the royal father was still in the kidnappers den.
– FOLUSO SAMUEL