Chief Robert Desmond, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Twon-Brass, the headquarters of Brass Local Government Council area of Bayelsa State, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen after a social event in Nembe area of the State.
The abduction has thrown the Nembe and Brass axis into confusion with claims and counter-claims on the possible reason for his kidnap.
Reportedly, many members of the APC claimed the abduction may be politically motivated and targeted at some chieftains of the Party ahead of the 2019 National and State Houses of Assembly polls in the area. Others claimed the abduction was carried out by gunmen interested in ransom.
However, the spokesman of the police in Bayelsa, Asimin Butswat, who confirmed the abduction, said the police were investigating the incident.
“We are calling on anyone with relevant information to report to the authorities to aid in the release of the victim,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Caretaker Chairman of Brass Local Council, Hon. Victor Isaiah has condemned the incident.
He called on “security operatives to do everything possible to secure the release of Comr. Desmond unharmed.”