Yenagoa - The Police Command in Bayelsa has
confirmed the kidnap of Augusta Douglas-Ayam, the elder sister to Oronto Douglas, the Special Adviser to the President on Research,
Documentation and Strategy.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Douglas-Ayam was
kidnapped at about 8 p.m. on Monday night in Ogbia town by unknown
The Commissioner of Police, Hilary Opara, who confirmed the
incident to newsmen on Tuesday in Yenagoa, said he had just returned to
the state capital after visiting the scene of the kidnap at Ogbia town.
Opara said that no arreast had been made but that the Marine Police
had been deployed to the creeks to effect the rescue of the victim.
When contacted, the spokesman for state's Police Command, Alex
Akhigbe (DSP) told NAN on phone that officers from Anti-Kidnapping
Squad had been deployed to go after the kidnappers.
"We are after the kidnappers and very soon, they will be apprehended and the woman rescued,’’ he assured.
Meanwhile, Gift Douglas, a younger brother to President's aide who
lives in Abuja, told NAN on phone that he received information about
the kidnap of his sister on phone on Monday night.
"I got the information this night that our elder sister has been
kidnapped by gunmen who went to her shop at about 8 p.m. and shot into
the air before taking her away through the creeks.''.
He said that the incident had thrown the entire family into mourning.
Meanwhile, the Bayelsa Government has expressed shock and disbelief over the incident.
The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Markson Fefegha
said that the report of the kidnap came as a shock but that the state
government remained resolute in its determination to stamp out criminal
activities in the state.
"It is sad and embarrassing that it happened at a time the present
administration is recording great successes in the area of sustaining
the existing peace.
"The state government is, however, optimistic that the security
agencies will go after the kidnappers and swiftly rescue her,'' Fefegha