The extended family of President Goodluck Jonathan has resorted to prayers for the release of the 70 years old foster father of the president, Chief Inengite Nitabai, following the alleged rejection of N30million offered by the family to the kidnappers.
The septuagenarian was kidnapped last week from his home in Otuoke community of Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa State by over 10 armed gunmen. The kidnappers had earlier demanded for the sum of N500million as ransom for his release.
LEADERSHIP Friday gathered from reliable sources that the failure of the family to establish a productive contact and negotiate the ransom demand is creating apprehension in the community and the Presidency.
Our correspondent gathered that the relatives allegedly offered to pay N30million ransom but the offer was rejected by the kidnappers following which the family members have resorted to prayer sessions for divine intervention for the release of the septuagenarian.
Authorities of the Bayelsa State Police Command led by Police Commissioner Hillary Okpara, have confirmed the arrest of three persons in connection with the kidnap.
According to police sources, investigation into the kidnap of the septuagenarian points to some extended family members of the president. According to the report, the kidnap septuagenarian was accused of diverting some largesse meant for sharing among extended and close family members.
The police authorities, through its spokesperson, DSP Alex Akhigbe, however denied knowledge of the development but confirmed the arrest of three persons.