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Bayelsa State Commissioner for Tourism Development, Nelson Belief whose 78 years old father, Pa Uroh Nelson Tempurah was kidnapped in the early hours of Wednesday at Akassa on the Atlantic fringe of Brass local government area by armed men yesterday said he has handed over everything to God.
Saturday Vanguard learnt that three days after the kidnap incident which jostled the serene coastal settlement of Minibeleu in Akassa, the whereabouts of the old man is unknown while the kidnappers were yet to establish contact with their victim’s family.
The continued silence from the kidnappers, a security source told our correspondent is a tactical ploy to put their victim’s family on the edge with a view to demand huge ransom whenever they choose to contact them.
”They might also be playing safe by refusing to contact the family for fear of exposing their location,” the source added.
But son of the kidnapped septuagenarian, Nelson Belief in a telephone chat told our correspondent that though the kidnappers were yet to contact him or any members of his family, they (Belief family) have handed over everything to God.
He prayed God to cause confusion among the kidnappers to release his father unconditionally just as he said the security agencies are working round the clock to ensure his rescue.
According to him, his father left behind his mobile when he was seized and forcefully taken away from his country home by his captors, a development that might have been responsible for the current state of incommunicado.
Belief who sounded optimistic about God’s divine interference in the matter said, “though everything is blank and no contact is yet made, the security agencies are doing their job.”
”My father was not with his phone when he was abducted. God will not allow them to kill him. I have handed over everything to the Almighty God and I pray that He will cause confusion among his kidnappers to set him free unconditionally.”
Contacted, the state police public relations officer, Mr. Alex Akhigbe said the police are on the trail of the kidnappers.
”We have deployed a crack team of operatives from the anti kidnapping squad to strategic locations in the creek to fish out the perpetrators of the heinous and rescue their victim,” he said.