Kidnappers Still Keep Presidential Aide Sister’s


The family of Augusta Douglas-Ayam, the abducted elder sister of the Senior Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Research, Documentation and Strategy, Mr. Oronto Douglas, has lamented that they have not heard from the kidnappers.

They said this on Tuesday, adding that they had yet to establish contact with neither her nor her abductors.

They said the development had made it difficult for them to know the motive behind Douglas-Ayam?s abduction.

Auguster has been abducted by unknown gunmen since Monday.

It was learnt that she was abducted about 9.30pm at her store in Ogbia, Bayelsa State.

It was learnt that the gunmen, who were dressed in Nigerian Army uniforms, seized Douglas-Ayam after shooting sporadically into the air to scare her neighbours.

A younger brother of the victim, Mr. Gift Douglas, said the 48-year-old woman was discharged from the hospital just three days before her abduction.

He explained that “the inability to create contact with the abductors have made difficult for the family to know the next step”.

Meanwhile, The Police Command in Bayelsa State has confirmed the kidnap of Augusta.

Spokesman for state?s Police Command, Alex Akhigbe (DSP), said that officers from the 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,? Akhigbe said.
Also, the Bayelsa State 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.

Fefegha said: ?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.?

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