The six-year-old son of a former commissioner in Bayelsa State, Godknows Powell, was on Wednesday allegedly kidnapped by gunmen.
The boy was allegedly kidnapped on Etegwe road, Yenagoa, in the early hours of the New Year, while returning from church service with his mother.
A family source confirmed the incident saying that the abduction took place at about 12: 45 a.m and that the family had been thrown into despair with hopes and prayers for the boy’s safe return.
The source added that the kidnappers were yet to establish contact with the family.
When contacted, the Bayelsa police public relations officer, Alex Akhigbe, a deputy superintendent of police, confirmed the incident, but said he had not received its full details.
“I got information about the incident this afternoon (Wednesday) and I quickly called the Police Divisional Officer in Ekeki area who confirmed the kidnapping. Right now, I am yet to get full details of the incident, but the police have commenced investigation into the matter,” Akhigbe said.
Powell was once chairman of Yenagoa local government area before he was appointed commissioner for local government and community development during the administration of former Governor Timipre Silva.