A former President Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin, Mike Ogiasa, who was abducted by gunmen in Bayelsa State, has cried for his life in the kidnapper’s den in a video that has now gone viral.
Ogiasa, an Engineer was kidnapped on June 4, 2022, in his hometown of Otuabadi in the Ogbia Local Government Area.
The victim, who was a Special Adviser on Power Development during the administration of former Governor Seriake Dickson, is also the Convener of a socio-political group, Voice of the South-South (VSS).
In the 27 seconds video which is viral on Facebook, Mr. Ogiasa is seen half-naked in a flooded grave.
His hands were tied, as he cries out for urgent help.
He cried, “You’re seeing me in the grave. Please do everything possible to come and release me. Any money that is available…any money you can make. Do everything possible. Please any money that is available. Is the money more important than my life? Please do everything that is possible.”
On June 2 gunmen, numbering about eight, attacked Ogiasa, a former Commissioner for Special Duties in charge of federal projects in the state, from Otuogidi in the Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.
Ogiasa, who also served as Special Adviser on Power to the state government, had finished attending a meeting before his assailants swooped on him.
The abduction had been confirmed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Command, Asinim Butswat.
According to Butswat, a combined investigative effort involving security agencies had been launched with a view to rescuing Ogiasa and arresting the culprits.