Gunmen kidnap NCDMB employee, demand N30m ransom

Some yet-to-be identified gunmen have abducted Chief Numudogio Micah, a senior employee of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

Micah was reportedly whisked away on January 5, 2018, on the Brass-Nembe waterways.

The hoodlums were said to have contacted his family on Monday and demanded N30m ransom to set him free.

But Ijaw youths, under the auspices of Ijaw Youth Council, Brass Local Government Area chapter, decried the abduction of their clansman.

The group demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the NCDMB employee.

It called on security agencies to unmask the identities of the kidnappers and facilitate the release of the victim.

Describing the abduction as unwarranted, the Brass Chairman of IYC, Mr. Beledanyo Barass, said the victim must be released unharmed.

Barass, who is also the Treasurer, IYC Central Zone, said, “We are calling on the kidnappers to release him unharmed. He is a man of peace with great love for youths

“This is a man who deserves commendations from us for the relative tranquillity he has been helping to maintain. What happened to him is undeserving and we condemn it in its entirety.”

He further said Ijaw youths were ready to storm the creeks to search for and rescue the victim.

He also called on the federal and state governments to mobilise resources to ensure the freedom of Micah.

Barass appealed to the state and local governments to review the security architecture of the Brass LGA, especially the Nembe-Brass waterways, by mounting military checkpoints on strategic areas.

He said, “On the part of the state government, we are calling for policies and programmes that will promote peaceful coexistence.

“We are calling for the creation of job opportunities for the teeming youths in the area, including construction of good road network, hospitals and schools to control the perennial menace of hostage taking and other crimes in the area.

“We also call on citizens to be vigilant at all times and report suspicious persons to the police and other security agencies for prompt action.”

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, confirmed the abduction of Micah.

Butswat, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said the police had commenced investigations into the matter.