Commotion in Bayelsa as Gunmen Break Into School Principal’s House, Shoot and Abduct Wife
Mrs. Edith Moron, the wife of the Principal of Gbanrainowei Grammar School, Okolobiri, Bayelsa State, Mr. Moron Pereowei, has been abduted by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers.
According to Punch Metro, the incident occurred about 2.03am on Friday in their residence at Azikoro Village, Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.
The hoodlums said to be 12 in number, reportedly gained access into the house of the school principal after breaking in through a window.
The window they smashed to get entry into the house is said to be the window of a room of Edith’s younger brother.
It was learnt that after ripping the window open, the hoodlums reportedly pointed gun at Edith’s brother, whom they used to make the principal and his wife to come out of the bedroom.
It was further learnt that when the Principal and his wife came out, their attackers shot at the house repeatedly to make them realise that they were dead serious with the operation.
It was gathered that the kidnappers’ target was the Principal’s wife hence they shot her in the leg before whisking her away.
A close family source, who wished not to be named, said the gunmen were 12, stressing that while two went inside for the operation, 10 persons mounted guards on the premises and outside the residence.
The source, who is a secondary school teacher, said the kidnappers allegedly ransacked the house, stole some money and other valuables before taking away their victim to an unknown destination.
He said, ”The hoodlums came in early in the morning on Friday. They broke in through the window as they could not gain access to the rooms because of the security of the doors. They used his wife’s brother to make them come out. At a gun point, they (husband and wife) opened their doors and gate and came out.
”The bullet fired at the house touched the wife on the leg. They took the wife and left the husband. About 12 of them came for the operation. Ten persons were outside, while two were in the house.”
Ten persons were outside, while two were in the house.”
The source said the family had established communication with the kidnappers, noting that they (kidnappers) demanded N3m ransom for the victim’s release.
He stated, ”The family of the victim (Edith) has been discussing with them. The abductors said they should come with N3m. The family even talked to the Principal’s wife.”
The source, who said the matter had been reported to police, noted that the victim was in her 40s and hailed from Sampou in Kolokuma/Opokuma LGA of the state.
Efforts to get the reaction of the spokesman for the Bayelsa State Police Command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, proved abortive as several calls to his mobile phone did not connect.
But a senior police officer, who craved anonymity, because he was not authorised to speak on the matter, confirmed the abduction.
He said the kidnappers’ target was the Principal’s wife (Edith), noting that as soon as they succeeded in abducting the woman, they left.
”They came around 2.03am on Friday. The husband of the woman was around but the abductors decided to take the wife. They stole some money and valuable items from the house before they vamoosed,” the police source said.
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