Gunmen Invade Goodluck Jonathan Aide's House In Bayelsa

The political situation in Bayelsa State has taken a bizarre turn as gunmen on Saturday night invaded the Yenagoa home of the Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Matters, Dr. Waripamowei Dudafa, and stole an undisclosed amount of money after destroying the safe kept in one of his rooms.
Also, family sources said the gunmen were asking after him as they were ransacking the entire building looking for him.
The source said the gunmen who invaded the home were not looking like hoodlums when they came in, adding that the 10-man gang were allegedly dressed in mobile police uniform.
They were said to have stormed the residence in Okaka Estate, Yenagoa, the state capital, at about 8p.m. when the three mobile policemen guarding the residence of the presidential aide were not around.
The gunmen were said to have gained entry into the premises of Dudafah after allegedly telling the security guards that they were policemen on operations from the police headquarters.
When they got into the premises, they were said to have bound the Chief security guard, one Muhammed Garba, tying his legs, his hands, covering his eyes and mouth.
An eyewitness, who craved anonymity, alleged that the attack on Dudafah’s home was politically motivated.
He said the incident took place few minutes after results of some rescheduled House of Assembly polls were released and candidate backed by Dudafa on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance defeated his Peoples Democratic Party opponent in Kolokuma-Opokuma constituency.
Narrating his ordeal, Garba, who said he had been working with Dudafa for eight years, said the suspects came in two black Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs).
“They ordered me to open the gate. I opened a small gate and saw about 10 of them. They pushed me in and thereby gained entry into the premises. They hit my head as they tied my hands and legs, and also covering my mouth and eyes with tape. They went for my room at the security gate and asked me to show them the apartments of police security in the building.
They also asked for Dudafa (Oga) house keys. I told them I did not know where they were since I was not the person who kept them. They said they would kill me if they eventually found the keys in my place. I kept quiet. After ransacking my room, they saw the keys. They started using them to open the main building.
“The man leading the operations asked his colleagues to talk gently so that when my colleague who had gone to buy noodles at that time would not suspect their presence. No sooner had they said that than my colleague came in, and they caught him.
“They now abandoned me bounded and took him to direct them. It was my colleague who was now showing them the way. They also went to the boys’ quarters and also seized Dudafahs cousin living there, tying him. They were threatening them that if they did not cooperate with them, they would be killed.”
Garba said when they had held all of them captive; they went inside the building and started ransacking everywhere.
He said they came also with axes and saws which they were using to cut inside the apartments.The 55 year old Garba, a father of one, said the operations lasted for three hours before they left.
Dudafah’s cousin, Pere Ozoru, said he was sleeping in his room when the gunmen came, adding that it was the second gateman, Ibrahim, who brought them to his apartment.
When journalists visited his residence yesterday, it was discovered that most of the apartments in the building were ransacked and furniture destroyed.
In one of the rooms, a safe was destroyed, and it could not be ascertained how much they could have carted away from it.
Efforts to get the police reaction were unsuccessful as calls to the state Police Command Spokesperson, Mr. Asinim Butswat, rang out several times without response.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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