Captain Henry Ungbuku (rtd), an aide to Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, was kidnapped on Sunday outside a church.
Ungbuku, who is the Special Adviser on Aviation to the Bayelsa State Governor, was abducted as he was about leaving the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Light House Parish, after service.
According to The Punch, his abductors had laid siege to the church located in Iwofe, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State as early as 8.50am, waiting for their victim to come out at the end of the service before pouncing on him.
An eyewitness told our correspondent that an unsuspecting Ungbuku, who came out of the church some minutes after 10am, was stopped by the hoodlums as he drove out of the premises of the church.
Ungbuku’s abductors were said to have asked him to open the door of his vehicle while one of them pointed a gun at him.
The gunmen, according to the source, drove their victim away to an unknown destination after forcing him into a waiting vehicle.
“They were about four, but we did not know whether there are others hanging around the premises of the church. They forced him out of the car at gun point and took him away.
“There was confusion around the premises of the church when the incident happened. The kidnappers were all armed and many people who saw the scene were all scared,” the eyewitness said.
However, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ahmad Mohammad, said he had not been briefed on the incident.