Madam Ebifieghe Dikoro, the 100-year-old Mother of Elder Wilberforce Agiri, the running mate to the flag Bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Timipre Sylva, has been kidnapped.
The centenarian was reportedly kidnapped at about 1am on Thursday at her community in Foropa community of Southern Ijaw Local Government Council of the State by some unidentified gunmen in three speed boats.
The spokesman of the State Police Command, Astimin Butwat, who confirmed the incident, said the details were not available.
Already, the abduction of the centenarian yesterday sparked off claims and counter claims between the campaign organisations of Chief Timipre Sylva and Governor Seriake Dickson.
While the Director of Publicity of the Sylva/Agiri campaign Organisation, Chief Nathan Egba, attributed the abduction of the centenarian to the alleged violent campaign embarked upon by the PDP candidate and State Governor, Hon Seriake Dickson.
The PDP, through the Chairman of the Bayelsa Media Team, Hon Dan Kikile, said though the abduction of the centenarian is condemnable, the claims by the APC is unfounded and baseless.
According to Nathan Egba, “we call on the PDP, particularly the governorship candidate, to lower the political temperature in the State and lead by example as he seems to be preaching violence and insulting the APC leaders in all public events.”
“The kidnap of the aged mother of the APC running mate is only the latest in a rash case of kidnapping and sea piracy that has apparently overwhelmed the security agencies in the State. Recall that last year, the uncle and guardian of our governorship candidate, Chief Timipre Sylva, also died in the hands of the kidnappers. Yet, Governor Dickson kept shouting about peace and security.”
In his reaction, Hon Dan Kikile said the Hon Seriake Dickson administration had in the past raised an alarm over the increase in violent crimes in the State due to the activities of the APC, “We are aware that these security issues are created to deliberately call to question our record on peace and security. They know that one of the things we are showcasing is security and peace and restoration of law and order.”