October 18, 2021


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Bayelsa court sentences kidnapper to death

A Bayelsa State High Court, Ogbia Judicial Division, sitting in Yenagoa, has sentenced to death by firing squad a 39-year-old man, Charles Nikson, for his involvement in the November 2020 thwarted abduction of Vivian Okoye, wife of a popular businessman and a medical practitioner in Bayelsa State.

Vivian, the wife of Obinna Okoye, popularly known as Blessed Obaino who owns the A-Z Electronics shops in various parts of Yenagoa and a medical practitioner identified as Alex Ogregade Ileimokumo from Igbedi community of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, were rescued after a shootout with the men of the Operation Puff Adder. Nikson, who was the driver of the kidnapping gang, was arraigned before the Ogbia High Court on the two-count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping.