By Emmanuel Nduka
Secretary to the Bayelsa State Government, Kombowei Benson, has secured the release of his mother, Betinah Benson, after 32 days in captivity.
According to the SSG, a “token gift of N4 million and two android phones” was given to the kidnappers who had earlier demanded a N500 million ransom.
It would be recalled that the 80-year-old woman was abducted on July 20 from her residence in Ekeki, Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
Confirming her release on Sunday, Bayelsa Commissioner of Police, Echeng Echeng, said the pressure from the police resulted in her release.
“Our message to those involved in such heinous act is that it is a crime and no matter how involved you are, you will be arrested,” Echeng said.
“Mama is back to the house and I want to give thanks to God and the security team in the state.
“I am so happy that my mother is back. Even if I tell people that ransom was not paid, they will not believe me.
“When they demanded for N500 million, I stood my ground. Even when I say I will not pay, I gave them a token to allow Mama return home,” the SSG added.