Abductors of Madam Serefina Otazi, the Bayelsa State Commissioner for
Local Government, have demanded a ransom of N40 million, according to
Otazi was abducted at gun point on December 20 in Otuoke on her way to a
funeral in Ewoi Community in Ogbia Local Government Area (LGA).
member Endurance Frank confirmed in a telephone interview on Tuesday
that the kidnappers had contacted the family and demanded N40 million to
set the victim free.
Frank said that the family was relieved to hear from Otazi and appealed to the kidnappers to free her unconditionally.
the whereabouts of Nancy Dickson, Governor Seriake Dickson’s sister who
was abducted less than 24 hours earlier than Otazi, remain unknown as
the two women spent Christmas with their kidnappers.
The Bayelsa Police Command had confirmed the kidnapping of the governor’s younger sister.
Superintendent of Police Asinim Butswat, the spokesman for the command,
said that 26-year old Nancy was abducted in her shop located on Okaka
Road, Yenagoa, on Saturday.
Butswat said that the gunmen, who
drove in an ash-coloured Lexus SUV, trailed Nancy to her shop and
whisked her away at about 2:50 p.m.
The Police promptly began a stop-and-search operation operation on vehicles in different parts of the state capital.
Interestingly, Governor Dickson had ordered the abductors to free Nancy few days before Chrismas or face the wrath of the law.