Recently kidnapped seventy eight years old mother of the Speaker of Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Konbowei Friday, Mrs. Betinah Okunwa Benson, was released to join her family members yesterday by her abductors.
Her abductors handed her over to family members near Sagbama town in Sagbama local government area of the state at about 10pm on Monday, January 21, 2013, without any ransom.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Benson Friday who expressed his gratitude to God for His mercies on the life of his aged mother, described her unconditional release as an act of God.
He thanked the governor and his deputy for their roles, while appreciating the various roles played by well wishers and ministers of God on behalf of his mother.
Rt. Hon. Benson Friday commended the security agencies for their untiring efforts while ordeal lasted, adding that he was overwhelmed by the concerned expressed by all and sundry.
While narrating her ordeal in the hands of the kidnappers, Grandma Okunwa Benson, said she was praying throughout the period she was in the hands of her abductors, informing that she was blind folded after she was abducted and taken into the speedboat. We Recall that the speaker’s mother was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in her residence at about 12. 30am at Korokorosei, in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa state.
The gunmen, who came in two speed boats, had shot sporadically into the air to scare away people, before taking her away.
Piriye Kiyaramo
Special Assistant on Media and Public Affairs
January 22, 2013


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