Gunmen in the early hours of Thursday kidnapped Mr. Joseph Agama, a cousin of Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
Reports said the 20-year-old was kidnapped in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
Confirming the incident, the Bayelsa State police spokesperson, Asinim Butswat, said that the command received news of the incident shortly after it occurred and had already moved to rescue him.
The police spokesman said the incident occurred at about 12.30 a.m. on Thursday at Yenaka community, a coastal settlement in Yenagoa Local Government Area.
Sources said the armed gunmen arrived in a speedboat at the community waterfront and seized their victim and took him to an unknown destination.
The kidnappers had yet to establish contact with the family.
Recall that the minister’s sister, Osiyo Agama, was kidnapped in October 2014 in Port Harcourt, and was later rescued by a combined team of Joint Task Force and Department of State Security Services.