Vanguard (Lagos)

17 January 2013

Nigeria: Police, Youths Launch Manhunt for Kidnappers of Bayelsa Speaker's Mum

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Bayelsa Speaker's mother, Betinah Okunwa Benson.

Yenagoa — The Police have launched a massive manhunt for the kidnappers of Madam Betinah Benson, mother of the Speaker of Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Mr. Kombowei Benson.

The 78-year-old woman was whisked away from her Korokorosei country home in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area in the early hours of Monday by gunmen.

Informed sources told Vanguard that the community youths had also joined in the search for the kidnapped woman, combing all the mangrove swamp to complement the effort of security agents.

Though it could not be immediately confirmed, it was also learnt that some suspects had been arrested by the police in connection with the kidnap.

The source added that security operatives have got a clue which they are working on, assuring that in no distant time, the kidnappers would be unmasked.

At press time, the kidnappers were yet to contact the family, 72 hours after her abduction.

Contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Fidelis Odunna, refused to confirm the development but said security operatives were working around the clock to ensure the quick release of the septuagenarian.

Meanwhile, the state government, yesterday, described as unfounded, rumours of an alleged kidnap of the governor's sister.

She was allegedly abducted at the riverside Toru-Orua community in Sagbama Local Government Area of the state by gunmen.

But the police spokesperson dismissed the reported abduction as mere rumour and urged Bayelsans to go about their normal businesses.

He said: "We have deployed men to the home community of the governor to forestall any such plan."

The governor's media aide, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, also dismissed the claim.

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