The younger sister of Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, has been rescued by security agencies in the state after being kidnapped and held captive for more than two months.
Nancy Dickson, 26, is said to have been rescued on Sunday evening from her abductors, according to a statement issued on Monday by Governor Dickson’s Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson.
The statement, which did not give details of the rescue operation, said no ransom was paid.
Mr. Iworiso-Markson said that, “some of the kidnappers took to their heels while others were apprehended following a tip-off on their hideouts.
“The kidnappers were rattled and overwhelmed to forcefully surrender their kidnapped victim, following intense pressure mounted by the security agencies to track down the kidnappers.”
Mr. Iworiso-Markson said Mr. Dickson has asked the people of Bayelsa not to succumb to kidnappers’ demands for ransom.
He said Mr. Dickson has assured that the government was going to amend the Bayelsa State Secret Cult, Kidnapping and other Related Offences Prohibition Bill 2012 to proscribe payment of ransom in the state.
Mr. Dickson urged the people to take a cue from his personal experience with kidnappers when his aged mother was abducted in 2009 and efforts were made to secure her release without payment of ransom.
Mr. Dickson said as part of efforts to stem criminal activities in the state, “a comprehensive security strategy would be launched soon to boost government’s policy of zero tolerance on crime”.
The governor therefore advised anyone or group of persons who indulge in the unwholesome practice to turn a new leaf as the full weight of the law would be brought to bear on any culprit.