Bayelsa Speaker’s brother freed by kidnappers

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The speakers’ mother and mother-in-law have previously been kidnapped.


The younger brother of the Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Kombowei Benson, was freed by his abductors on Friday.

Iniokpoemi Benson was abducted by gunmen on August 4 from the Bensons’ residence in Korokorosei community, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.

A security source said Iniokpoemi was picked up at the southern end of the village, on the fringe of the Atlantic Ocean.

A gang of kidnappers, on May 30, at the same Korokorosei, had also abducted the Speaker’s mother-in-law, Ogboro Orumo, 86, hostage, releasing her after three weeks.

The Speaker’s biological mother, Betinah, was a victim in January, 2013, after a gang of armed bandits abducted her from the same Korokorosei residence of the Bensons.

Confirming the release of his younger brother on Friday, Mr. Benson said the family employed the service of some ex-militant leaders to facilitate the victim’s freedom.

He denied claims in some quarters that an undisclosed ransom was paid to secure the release of his brother.

When contacted, the state Commissioner of Police, Hilary Opara, confirmed the rescue of the victim from his assailants and gave no further details.

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