A former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, has confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that his mother, Beauty Ogere, has been freed by kidnappers.
Replying to a text message sent to his phone to authenticate reports that his 76-year old mother has indeed been released, Siasia replied: "Yes, she is released."
He did not provide further details. However, a relative of Siasia told PREMIUM TIMES the family paid N15 million ransom to the kidnappers.
Mrs Ogere was kidnapped on July 15 by heavily-armed gunmen who invaded her Odoni country home in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
A few days ago, Siasia made a passionate appeal to the Nigerian government to help his course as his mother was sick when she was kidnapped
"So I can only keep appealing to these guys to please let my mother go. I would like for the government or whoever is capable to help me bring my mother back." Siasia told the BBC
This is the second time in four years that Mrs Ogere has been kidnapped. She was held by gunmen for 12 days before her release in November 2015.
"What more can I do but plead for assistance from the government, police and my country that I served as a player and coach," Siasia added
"My mother is seriously sick and this bothers me a lot. I don't know where or who to turn to at this point.
"I've not had a job for three years, battling with a Fifa ban appeal and to have my sick mother in the hands of kidnappers, I just feel extremely tired."
Among many other accomplishments, Siasia prides himself as the most decorated African football coach at the Olympics, winning silver at the Beijing Games in 2008 and bronze at the 2016 Games in Rio.