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Gunmen spoil GEJ’s homecoming, abduct his cousins

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Except something is done before May 29, the hopes of President Goodluck Jonathan going home happy to Bayelsa after he hands over power may have been spoiled by unknown gunmen who have abducted two of his maternal cousins.

Both women are said to have been preparing to welcome the President home after the May 29 handover. “Unless they are rescued before then, their dream of welcoming their brother will be a mirage”, a resident said.

The victims, both females, identified as Patience Egbeni, 35, and Kate Eni, were reportedly seized, Tuesday, at gunpoint and whisked away from the sleepy riverine settlement in Akipelai, Ogbia Local Government Area of the state, home town of the President’s mother.

Eyewitnesses said that the six unidentified gunmen, clad in military camouflage, stormed the community at about 8.30a.m and abducted the women from their provision stores along the waterfront.

The gunmen were said to have forced their victims into a waiting speedboat and disappeared into the creeks.

Contacted on the development, Police Public Relations Officer, Butswat Asinim, said the marine and anti-kidnapping squad of the police, including the Joint Task Force, JTF, Operation Pulo Shield, had been contacted.

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