Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Gunmen Kidnap parents of Bayelsa LG chairman

29 January 2013, 07:34

Yenagoa - Gunmen on Sunday kidnapped the aged parents of Ogbia Local Government Chairman, Richard Ibegu, at Oloibiri, Bayelsa.

Mr. Fetus and Mrs. Ebiye Ibegu were abducted around 9:20 p.m. by three gunmen, who stormed their residence and forcefully took them away.

Eye witnesses said the gunmen, who shot sporadically to scare away residents, invaded the area with a speed boat and took away their victims through the Oloibiri creeks to unknown destination.

The incident came barely a week after the mother of  the Speaker, Bayelsa House of Assembly, Madam Betinah Benson, was released by gunmen who abducted her.

The renewed incidence of kidnapping in the state, which became a source of worry to the government, had been blamed on disgruntled politicians.

The kidnap of the duo, which some community sources attributed to politics, is currently raising tension in Oloibiri community.

A community source, who pleaded anonymity, said the gunmen might have kidnapped the victims to extort money from their son.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Fidelis Odunna, confirmed the incident, saying the police were investigating it.

"The command has despatched a crack team to the creek to track down the kidnappers," he said.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...