Police Intensify Search For Bayelsa Speaker’s Mother

Police Intensify Search For Bayelsa Speaker’s Mother

The police in Bayelsa State on Sunday said they were still searching for Betinah, the mother of the Speaker of Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Mr. Kombowei Benson, who was abducted from her home on January 13.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Fidelis Odunna, told our correspondent on the telephone that the police were combing the creeks and other hidden areas in the state.

“We have not seen her. But we have intensified search for her and we believe that very soon, we will rescue her and arrest the kidnappers,” he said.

Betinah, 78, was taken from her home in Korokorosei, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.

Her kidnappers had on Wednesday established contact with the Benson’s family, demanding N40m ransom to release her.

The kidnappers were said to have initially demanded N60m ransom.

A source said the kidnappers were ready to slash the ransom if the family expressed willingness to settle them.

But the Speaker said members of the family believed that God would rescue their mother.

“We believe that God will do his work. God will ensure his daughter is released by the kidnappers. As for her health situation, she did not complain when I spoke with her on Friday,” he said.

Benson had on Thursday said the kidnappers gave him three reasons why they carried out the act.

He said the bandits named the passage of anti-cultism bill by the 24-member Assembly; lack of unity among the lawmakers and his interference in Korokorosei Community Development Committee chairmanship tussle as their reasons for kidnapping his mother.

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