It is not a good time for President Goodluck Jonathan and his Ebele family in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area, Bayelsa State.
Abductors of Inengite Nitabai, the septuagenarian cousin of the President, have requested a whooping N500m ransom to set him free.
The outrageous demand, it was learnt, had unsettled members of the Nitabai family who were said to be running from pillar to post to find a solution to the matter.
A security source told our correspondent that the abductors threatened to kill their victim if the family failed to produce the money.
The source, who pleaded anonymity, said the family had constituted a committee to evaluate the wicked demand, establish negotiations with the abductors and facilitate his release.
He said the kidnappers, as usual, warned against the involvement of security operatives in the matter.
“The kidnappers contacted the family four days after and demanded a whooping sum of N500m. It is believed that the family of the victim has begun negotiations with the hoodlums”, he said.
Distraught family members and sympathisers had shortly after the incident weighed the motives behind the dastardly act.
The atmosphere became gloomier following the refusal of the assailants to establish contact with the family of their victim three days after the abduction.
The incommunicado of the kidnappers, it was observed, created panic and heightened apprehension among members of the family.
The development was said to have rattled the Presidency which ordered massive deployment of security in Otuoke and the Niger Delta creeks.
The gunmen forcefully seized Nitabai on Sunday after collecting about N400,000, from his wife.