Kidnapped mother in-law of Bayelsa Speaker freed

Ms. Orumo was kidnapped by gunmen at her family compound.

The kidnapped mother-in-law of the Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Ogboro Orumo, has been released by her abductors after 20 days in captivity.

Ms. Orumo was kidnapped by gunmen at her Seibiri family compound in Korokorosei community, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area on May 30.

In a statement, the Special Assistant to the Speaker on Media and Public Affairs, Piriye Kiyaramo, Friday, said the 86-year-old woman was found at Abua waterside in Rivers where she was left by her abductors.

“She was subsequently identified by security operatives who have been on the trail of the kidnappers since the incident took place.

“She was picked up at about 6.30 a.m. on Friday, June 20 and brought to Yenagoa at about 9.00 a.m. and handed over to the Speaker,’’ Mr. Kiyaramo said.

He said that the Speaker, Kanbowei Benson, had announced the unconditional release of his mother-in-law on Friday at plenary.

He added that the Speaker expressed gratitude to God for the safe and unconditional release of his mother-in-law.

“Benson also used the occasion to show appreciation to Gov. Seriake Dickson and the people of the state for their prayers and encouragement during the trying moments,’’ Mr. Kiyaramo said.

Although the speaker said his mother was released ‘unconditionally,” by the kidnappers, many families pay ransom to free their abducted relatives and later keep mum on the ransom.



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