Report about the kidnap of Chief Benson Adigio Eseni an uncle to the immediate past governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva at his home, coastal town, Okpoama in the Brass Local Government Area of the State was a shocker to many in and outside the state.
This was because of the age of the Chief who is an octogenarian, a retired military officer of 86 who is neither a politician nor a vocal critic of political events in the state or country.
It was in the wee hours of Monday the 28th of July 2014, that the old man was reportedly whisked away by yet to be identified gunmen to a waiting speedboat who drove off in top speed to an unknown destination.
Community sources through telephone calls told Golden Pen that the purpose of the kidnap could not be ascertained as at the point of information, because the kidnappers came heavily armed with A.K 47 rifles with which they scared the people away by shooting into the air, a source in the community had explained..
The victim who is the father of Mr. Austin Adigio, the former Personal Assistant to the former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva was not the only one kidnapped during the period
The kidnappers did not operate in the coastal town, Okpoma alone, but also in the Bayelsa State capital, Yenagoa, where another octogenarian, a 90yr. old woman, the mother of Senator Emmanuel Paulkar,Florentina Emmanuel was kidnapped from her house at Opolo community in the heart of Yenagoa.
Police in Yenagoa told Journalists that four persons had been arrested in connection with the kidnap of the 90 year old Florentina Emmanuel, while the whereabouts of the kidnappers of Chief Adigio Eseni is yet unknown.
It would be recalled that a cousin of President Jonathan, Chief Inengite Nitabai was abducted at his home town Otueke by unknown gunmen in February this year. These stories of kidnappings, armed robbery, sea piracy etc. according to sources had posed a great challenge to the three tiers of government.