Gunmen, suspected to be kidnappers, have abducted 12 persons, including a pastor of a pentecostal church, Christ Embassy, Lawrence Ohimare, in Bayelsa State.
The abductors were said to have hijacked a passenger speedboat carrying Ohimare, the pastor of the church’s branch in Brass area of the state, and 11 others, heading for Yenagoa, the state capital.
The commercial speedboat was said to have taken off from Twon-Brass, en-route the Nembe waterways to Yenagoa about 7am on Monday.
It was learnt that the speedboat was waylaid by the gunmen just after the Obama rice farm in Nembe and diverted to the Okoroma creeks.
A source, Pastor Eriye Tumeni, said information available to them, though sketchy, was that the boat took off around 7 o’clock in the morning of Monday from the Twon-Brass jetty, enroute Nembe, but was hijacked by the gunmen.
He said the 12 passengers on board the speedboat were rounded up by the suspected kidnappers and were taken to an unknown destination through Okoroma creeks.