How gunmen kidnapped Bayelsa commissioner

By our reporter/ Heavily armed Gunmen on Thursday night kidnapped Otokito Federal Oparmiola, the Bayelsa state commissioner of trade and commerce.

According to an eyewitness, the commissioner was abducted at his residence in Otuokpoti, Ogbia LGA of the state.

The armed gunmen were said to have invaded the neighbourhood, shooting sporadically into the air to frighten the locals before whisking the commissioner away.

Asinim Butswat, Bayelsa state police spokesman who confirmed the development on Friday, said efforts are underway to rescue the victim.

“Investigation is ongoing,” he said.

“We have launched a manhunt for his rescue and arrest of the perpetrators.”

Otokito is the second commissioner to be abducted in the last six months.

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Sani Idris, the Niger commissioner of information, was abducted by bandits in August 2021.

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