Joseph Agama, younger brother to the minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke was on Thursday morning kidnapped by gunmen in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
This is coming less than five months after the younger sister to the minister was also kidnapped in Port Harcourt, River State.
The Bayelsa State police spokesperson, Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the development, said that the command received news of the incident shortly after it occurred and had already moved to rescue him.
Mr. Butswat said the incident occurred at about 12.30 a.m. on Thursday at Yenaka community, a coastal settlement in Yenagoa Local Government Area.
Sources say the armed gunmen arrived in a speedboat at the community waterfront, less than a kilometre from Bayelsa Police Headquarters, seized their victim and took him to an unknown destination.
The kidnappers had yet to establish contact with the family, the source added.
The minister’s sister, Osiyo Agama, was kidnapped in October 2014, and was later rescued by a combined team of Joint Task Force and Department of State Security Services.