Bayelsa: Two arraigned over alleged conspiracy to kidnap Gov Diri’s brother

The Bayelsa State Police Command has arraigned two persons in court over alleged conspiracy and attempt to kidnap one Mr Ebi Ayama, popularly know as Americana.

Gatherings showed  that Ayama is a brother to the State Governor, Senator Douye Diri.

The two suspects, identified as Lucky Oghenebrume, 53, and Omobowho Okpowodo, 52, were arrested by men of the Operation Puff Adder in November 2023 at Mbiama community in Rivers State.

The arrest of the two suspects, according to the Police, followed intelligence gathering and detailed investigations.

The two suspects, who pleaded not guilty, were arraigned at the Kaima High Court sitting in Yenagoa, on a suit numbered BYH/KHC/CR/2/2024.

The police prosecutor told the court that Lucky Oghenebrume was the mastermind and on the wanted list of the State Police Command over the alleged involvement in the abduction of one Fyneman in Sagbama Local Government area of the state, over which a ransom of N50 million was paid.

Oghenebrume was also described as a resident of Mbiama community. He is said to reside alone in a massive compound, where he allegedly carries out his dastardly acts.

He was also reported to have relocated his family to Delta State to avoid being exposed.

The second suspect, Omobowho Okpowodo, was identified as the owner of the motor mechanic workshop where the targeted victim carried out repairs on his vehicles.

Okpowodo, according to the police prosecutor, was allegedly overheard planning to abduct Ayama on his way from Ekeremor local Government area.

The Presiding Judge, Justice T.Songi, adjourned the case till 27th February, 2024.


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