Family Confirms Kidnap of Businessman in Yenogoa

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Bennett Oghifo

The family of Jephthah Robert Yekorogha yesterday confirmed his kidnap by gunmen in front of his home in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

The family said this in a statement issued by one of the siblings, Azibaola Robert on their behalf, titled, ‘Our response at a time like this: Statement On The Kidnap Of Our Elder Brother Jephthah Robert Yekorogha in Bayelsa State’.

According to the family, they had to issue the statement because “in the last few days, we have been inundated with inquiries by well-meaning Nigerians and the media for confirmation of the kidnap of our sibling.

“Consequently, this statement has become necessary to clarify the situation.

“Our elder brother, Mr. Jephthah Robert Yekorogha, was kidnapped at about 8:40p.m. on Monday, 24th January, 2022, in front of his house gate at Biogbolo in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, by four ‘gunmen’ in black uniform, who, at gunpoint, seized him in his car and forced him into their vehicle and zoomed off.

“This incident was reported to the law-enforcement agencies immediately it happened and is receiving maximum attention.

“We want to thank all well-meaning Nigerians who by way of calls, text messages and visits have stood by us since the incident occurred. We ask for the support of the public on any lead for the quick release of our brother.

“In particular, we express our appreciation to the Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State and the State Director of the Department of State Services (DSS) for their determined assistance.

“We appeal to the abductors of our brother to immediately release him unconditionally, without harm; and turn a new leaf for the peace, security and prosperity of Bayelsa State.”