The kidnapped Hon. Mike Ogiasa, the cousin of former president Goodluck Jonathan, was seen in a viral video pleading for a ransom to be paid to his captors in exchange for their release. The Nigerian Police have responded.
The Hon. Mike Ogiasa was seen in the video, which was made public by unidentified sources, sitting in a six-foot-deep hole that had been dug in an unidentified location with a black hood covering his head. His two hands were tied, and he was appealing to his friends and family to use any resources they had to secure the release of his kidnappers.
Ogiasa, who appeared to be fearing for his life, was overheard pleading for the ransom to be paid and asking his family if his life didn’t matter to them.
Asinim Butswat, the Bayelsa Police Command’s spokesman, who confirmed the authenticity of the video, claimed that the heads of security agencies met on Friday night to discuss fresh ideas for how to guarantee his unharmed rescue.
Butswat claims that the police want to reassure the public and the victim’s families of their commitment to securing his safe release from the kidnappers’ hideout.
Recall that on Wednesday, June 2nd, after returning home from a meeting, eight unidentified gunmen from his country abducted Engr. Mike Ogiasa in Otuabadi in the Ogbia Local Government Area of the State.
During the administration of former Governor Seriake Dickson, Engr. Ogiasa served as a Special Adviser on power development, a former state commissioner for special duties (federal project), and a relative of former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.