Ogbia High Court sitting in Yenagoa has sentenced to death by firing squad a 39-year- old man, Charles Nikson over his involvement in the November, 2020 botched abduction of one Mrs. Vivian Okoye, wife of a popular businessman and a Medical Practitioner in Bayelsa State.
Mrs. Okoye, wife of Obinna Okoye also known as Blessed Obaino who owns the A-Z Electronics shops in various parts of the Bayelsa State capital and a medical Practioner identified as Alex Ogregade Ileimokumo from Igbedi community of Southern Ijaw Local Government Council area, were rescued after a shootout with men of the “Operation Puff Adder”,
Charles Nikson, who was the driver to the kidnap gang, was arraigned before the Ogbia High Court on two counts charge of conspiracy and kidnapping.
He was arraigned at the court with another suspect, David Ekegima.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Ajuwa, while delivering her ruling on the matter, found the said Charles Nikson guilty of the two charges.
According to her, “On the charge of conspiracy, there is no specific term for the charge. And I hereby sentence you to 10years imprisonment.”
Justice Ajuwa also pointed out that the law says anybody convicted of kidnapping either die by hanging or firing squad. She therefore declared him sentenced to death by firing squad.
It would be recalled that there was heavy a shoot out sometime in November, 2020 between operatives of the Operation Puff Adder of the Bayelsa State Police Command and a Seven-man kidnap gang along the Iminringi areas of Ogbia Local Government Council of the State, leading to the rescue of Mrs. Okoye,the wife of a popular businessman and a Medical Practitioner.
Mrs. Okoye, the wife of Obinna Okoye also known as Blessed Obaino who owns the A-Z Electronics shops in various parts of the Bayelsa state capital and a medical Practioner identified as Alex Ogregade Ileimokumo from Igbedi community of Southern Ijaw Local Government Council area, were rescued after the shootout.
Niger Delta Herald gathered that the abduction of the victims, occured at about 7.30pm along the Imiringi residence of the businessman and carried out by armed men numbering Seven.
The kidnappers, according to the victims, arrived in a white hilux vehicle with registration number GBB 30 FS and were dressed in Military and Police camouflarge, ‘ they drove away with their victims towards the Onuebum waterside in Ogbia area where a getaway boat were stationed.’
One of the victim’s family member said ‘ the kidnappers were asking for Blessed Obaino but they decided to kidnap the wife after they could not get him. The neighbour was driving into the house before he was abducted.’
‘They gained entrance into the compound following the entry of one of Obaino’s boys. They must have been waiting before he walked into the ambush.’
‘ Series of Save-our-Soul messages were sent out to the emergency lines of the State Commissioner of Police and the Operation Puff Adder led by DSP Chris Nwaogbo.The swift response by a gallant team of the security outfit led to the shootout along Iminringi road.’
‘One policeman was injured with bullet grazing his shoulder, while the kidnappers abandoned their vehicle and the victims. They ran into the Ogbia bush. The bullet ridden hilux of the kidnappers have been recovered.’