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Unknown gunmen kidnap mother of Bayelsa SSG



Unknown gunmen dressed in military fatigue, suspected to be kidnappers, again abducted Madam Betinah Benson, the 90-year-old mother of the Secretary to the Bayelsa State Government (SSG) Kombewie Benson.

The nonagenarian was reportedly abducted at about 10pm on Tuesday night at her old Assembly Quarters residence in Yenagoa, the state capital.

This is the second time Madam Benson would be abducted as she was first kidnapped by gunmen in January, 2013, when her son was the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, but was released few days later after an unspecified amount was paid as ransom.

In May 2014, the SSG’s mother-in-law, Madam Ogboro Orumo Dark, was also kidnapped at her residence in Seibiri compound in Korokorosei, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state, before she was released weeks later.

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While confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) SP Asinim Butwats, said that the police has launched a manhunt to rescue the victim and arrest the perpetrators without the payment of ransom.

“The kidnappers, who were dressed in military camouflage, stormed the residence and kidnapped the victim at Old Legislative Quarters, Azikoro Road, Yenagoa, to an unknown destination.

“The Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, C.P. Mike Okoli, and other detectives have visited the scene and investigation is in progress,” Butwats said in a short statement.

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