Sunday, 31 January 2016

Miss Nancy Dickson, the abducted younger sister of Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson, has continued to languish in kidnappers’ den after over 42 days of abduction.
Some concerned Bayelsa residents, particularly those residing in Yenagoa, the state capital, expressed outrage at the continued hostage of Nancy.
They were peeved that the Governor could abandon her sister to her fate without making frantic efforts to secure her release.
They wondered that if the Governor could show such indifference to her own abducted sister, what would the fate of other people who are not related to him be.
The 26-year-old Nancy, said to be the last child of the Dicksons, was abducted on December 19, 2015, by yet-to-be-identified gunmen.
She was seized at her shop on Okaka Road, Yenagoa, by gunmen who reportedly drove in an ash Lexus Jeep.
Her captors were said to have trailed her to her shop and whisked her away to an unknown place about 2:50pm on the fateful day.
Her shop is located in a building housing the office of the Bayelsa Volunteers, an army of youths working for the government to assist security agencies in crime prevention.
The victim was abducted a few days to the January 9 supplementary governorship election, which Dickson (his brother) won and became reelected for a second term.
The governor’s sister spent the Christmas and the New Year celebrations with her assailants. Nancy was also missing when family members and the governor celebrated their victory at the poll and may also miss Dickson’s inauguration for a second term in office on February 14.
Most people criticised the governor for his indifference to her sister’s plight and also expressed fears that her captors might subject her to multiple sexual assaults.
A source close to the governor said Dickson was not disposed to paying any ransom to secure the freedom of her sister.
The source, who did not want his name in print,  said the governor had also ordered his family members not to pay ransom to the kidnappers.

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