A one time Secretary to the Bayelsa State Authorities (SSG), and likewise a former Ambassador to Venezuela, Senator Felix Oboro, has been freed after 23 days in kidnappers’ den.
DAILY POST, learnt that his launched was made potential after an alleged cost of N11 million ransom by members of his household.
The 75-year-old Ambassador, Felix Oboro, a former Senator who represented Bayelsa West Senatorial district and a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, was kidnapped on Friday, September 4, 2020 at his hometown, Elemebiri, Sagbama Native Authorities Space of Bayelsa State.
The gunmen, numbering about fifteen, had stormed his residence, twenty-four hours after he arrived the village, wearing Military uniforms, taking pictures sporadically earlier than whisking him away to an unknown vacation spot.
DAILY POST additionally gathered that the abductors, after abducting him noticed a financial institution alert steadiness of over N5 million in his account and demanded a ransom cost of N50 milliom which was later lowered to N11 million.
Mr. Tuebi Sapri, a step-son to Ambassador Felix Oboro, confirmed to DAILY POST that the kidnapped Nigerian envoy was launched on Saturday to the three-man delegation of members of the family who travelled on boat to drop the 11 million ransom demanded, alongside the Ayama-Oporoma space of Southern Ijaw Native Authorities Council. The State Police Commissioner was instantly knowledgeable on phone.
He, nonetheless, mentioned that, “opposite to the expectation of the household, Daddy (Felix Oboro) is powerful and in a wholesome state. When the information of his launch got here, everybody was blissful and jubilating.
Reacting to the event, the Former Secretary to the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Comrade Morris Alagoa, and the Nationwide Spokesman of the Ijaw Youths Council worldwide, (IYC), Comrade Ebilade Eerekefe, condemned the kidnapping of the elder statesman, whereas calling on the safety companies to make sure the arrest of these concerned within the dastardly act.
Morris Alagoa described the kidnapping and launch of Ambassador Oboro as a really unhappy commentary, “From kidnapping of oil staff and foreigners to our personal very folks, I noticed this coming way back, after they had been kidnapping others”
Spokesman of the IYC, Ebilade Ekerefe, expressed concern over the event and condemned the kidnapping of Sen. Felix Oboro, ”Sen. Felix Oboro is a well-respected Ijaw chief and an elders’ statesman who has served the Ijaw nation and Nigeria in several capacities.
It’s fairly unlucky that he was handled unfairly by his abductor. He doesn’t deserve the sort of remedy he’s going by means of contemplating his well being challenges as an elder. The IYC will beef up its intelligence gathering system inside the clans to assist the safety companies’ effort at bringing the abductors to e book.”
It was additionally gathered that the Bayelsa State Police Command led by the Commissioner, Mike Okoli arrested potential suspects in Imo State and Bayelsa, following cellphone calls with kidnappers after monitoring Felix Oboro’s quantity. However the two excessive profile suspects from Owerri and Yenagoa had been launched after transient interview confirmed they had been mistakenly referred to as by the abductors.
The Police had just a few days in the past by means of its Spokesman, SP Asinim Butswat, assured the household of the kidnapped envoy of his protected return, insisting that the Commissioner of Police within the state, CP Mike Okoli is on high of the matter to make sure the protected launch of Ambassador Felix Oboro.