A cousin of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, who was kidnapped on Monday, January 24, 2022 in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, Mr. Jephthah Robert Yekorogha, has regained his freedom after two weeks in captivity.
A family source in a terse message on Monday morning, wrote: “Blessed morning all. We give all the thanks to God for the safe return of our brother Jephthah Robert Yekorogha, from the kidnappers den. Details Later.”
The family had in a statement signed by Austin Ekeinde on behalf of the victim’s younger brother, Mr Azibola Roberts, on January 27, 2022, called on the members of the public for sustained support that could lead to the early release of Yekorogha.
The statement had said that Yekorogha was kidnapped on Monday night (January 24) from his car in front of his house in Yenagoa, by four men in black uniform who drove off to an unknown destination.
The statement reads: “Mr. Jephthah Robert Yekorogha, was kidnapped at about 8:40pm on Monday, 24th January, 2022, in front of his house gate at Biogbolo, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, by four ‘gunmen’ in black uniform, who, at gunpoint, seized him in his car and forced him into their vehicle and zoomed off.
“In the last few days, we have been inundated with inquiries by well-meaning Nigerians and the Media for confirmation of the kidnap of our sibling. Consequently, this statement has become necessary to clarify the situation.
“Our elder brother, Mr. Jephthah Robert Yekorogha, was kidnapped at about 8:40pm on Monday, 24th January, 2022, in front of his house gate at Biogbolo, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, by four ‘gunmen’ in black uniform, who, at gunpoint, seized him in his car and forced him into their vehicle and zoomed off.
“This incident was reported to the law-enforcement agencies immediately it happened and is receiving maximum attention.
“We want to thank all well-meaning Nigerians who by way of calls, text messages and visits have stood by us since the incident occurred.
“We ask for the support of the public on any lead for the quick release of our brother.
“In particular, we express our appreciation to the Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa state and the State Director of the Department of State Services (DSS) for their determined assistance.
“We appeal to the abductors of our brother to immediately release him unconditionally, without harm; and turn a new leaf for the peace, security and prosperity of Bayelsa state.”