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Mother of Bayelsa Speaker abducted

14 January 2013, 12:21

Bayelsa -  Suspected gunmen on Monday kidnapped the mother of the Speaker of Bayelsa House of Assembly, Madam Betinah Benson, at her residence in Korokosei, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 70-year old woman was abducted at 12.30 a.m.

A statement by the Media Assistant to the speaker, Mr Piriye Kiyaramo, said the gunmen stormed the residence of the woman and forcefully took her away to an unknown destination.

"Information reaching the Office of the Speaker indicates that the gunmen, who came in two speed boats, shot sporadically into the air to scare away people before going away with their victim.

The incident has been reported to the police," the statement said.

When contacted, the police command's Public Relations Officer, DSP Fidelis Odunna, confirmed the report, saying that the command had launched a manhunt for the kidnappers.

"It is confirmed that the speaker's mother has been kidnapped.

"We learnt of the kidnapping early this morning, but we have swung into action to see what we can do to free her," Odunna said.

He assured the public of the command's determination to rescue the victim.

Odunna said the command had since dispatched a team of crack detectives to track down the criminals.

Mr Konbowei Benson is the Speaker of the state assembly. (NAN).


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