Kidnapped Bayelsa commissioner’s mother released

She  was released on Friday by her captors who abandoned her at Lobia, close to the sea.

Patimi Akene, the kidnapped mother of the Bayelsa State Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Furoebi Akene, has been released.
 
The victim was abducted about three weeks ago at her country home by armed men at Fonibiri in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.
 
She  was released on Friday by her captors who abandoned her at Lobia, close to the sea.
 
It could not be ascertained if ransom was paid for her release, but family sources said that the septuagenarian is hale and hearty.
 
A source close to the family said some money and some handsets were given to the kidnappers for her release.
 
When contacted, the  commissioner confirmed the release of his mother.
 
“We thank God she is hale and hearty and we want to thank all those who assisted us in ensuring her safe return,” he said.
 
He, however, declined comments on the ransom.
 
The kidnappers had last week threatened to cut off the head of the mother following the refusal of her son to accede to their demand for N30 million ransom.


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