The daughter of Senator Nimi Barigha-Amange, Mrs. Diepreye Dagi Darego, was yesterday kidnapped in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. She was moved to an unknown destination.
She was kidnapped around 9 am on the dualised road to the Port Harcourt International Airport, while going to receive her sister at the airport currently under reconstruction.
The incident occurred a few days after four kidnappers, including a woman, were arrested and their victim rescued in Port Harcourt by men of the Rivers State Police Command.
Barigha-Amange, a lawyer and an indigene of coastal Nembe-Ogbolomabiri in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, represented Bayelsa East Senatorial District in the National Assembly between 2007 and 2011. He is now based in Port Harcourt.
The ex-legislator revealed that the unknown gunmen shot repeatedly at the car conveying his daughter, before seizing her.
Barigha-Amange said: “The sister, Diepreye (kidnapped woman) was going to the Port Harcourt International Airport to pick her. She is planning her traditional marriage, which is supposed to commence today (Saturday) in Bayelsa State.
“The vehicle used by my daughter, from which she was kidnapped, has been recovered from the kidnappers, but her actual destination is yet to be ascertained.
“The kidnappers have been communicating with my relatives. I am pleading with them to release my daughter unhurt.”
The Ijaw leader expressed optimism that with the efforts of the anti-kidnapping squad in the office of Rivers Commissioner of Police, operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) and other security agencies, his daughter would soon regain her freedom.