-bandits insist on N10 million ransom
The whereabouts of Mrs. Augusta Douglas-Anyam, kidnapped elder sister of Mr. Oronto Douglas, President Goodluck Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Research Documentation and Strategy is still unknown. As at Sunday, October 20, 2013, the woman was still with her abductors as police extended other dragnet around the creeks in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. Latest development however, has it that the abductors are negotiating with the woman’s family on a ransom. Days back, it was reported that the kidnappers demanded N500 million from the family and on Friday, October 18, 2013, the bandits slashed their demand from N500 million to N17 million. It was further reduced to N10 million on Saturday, October 19, 2013.
Effort made to confirm the current situation of things from Mr. Oronto Douglas was fruitless as he didn’t pick repeated calls made to his phone. We later sent a text message to him and we didn’t get any response till we went to press.
Mrs. Augusta Douglas-Anyam was kidnapped on Monday, October 14, 2013, in Ogbia, Bayelsa State by unknown gunmen. She was whisked away at around 8pm from her shop and as at Sunday, after she has spent 7 days in the kidnapper’s den. She is yet to regain her freedom.
The wave of kidnapping in Nigeria is on the rise with relatives of the rich and famous as key target. The punitive measures set down for perpetrators seem not be slowing down the illegal trade.
In the past, one of the sons of Alhaji Arisekola Alao, Saheed was kidnapped and was later released after payment of N50 million was effected. The recent one was the kidnap of daughter and wife of Supreme Court judge, Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, Mrs. Rhodes-Vivour and her daughter, Tolulope later regained their freedom with the assistance of the Edo State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. We can’t forget in a hurry the one which happened to lawyer and activist, Chief Mike Ozekhome.
He was later released after much plea from the family and the Nigerian Bar Association.
– FOLUSO SAMUEL