Kidnapped mother of Bayelsa Commissioner released

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Jul 5th, 2014

Patimi Akene, mother of the Bayelsa State Commissioner for Lands, Furoebi Akene, who was kidnapped about three weeks ago has been released by her captors.

She was released on Friday, and was abandoned at Lobia, close to the sea.

It is unclear if ransom was paid for her release as the kidnappers had threatened to cut off the captive’s head after the Commissioner said he would not pay ransom to secure her release.

Confirming the latest development, Furoebi said “We thank God she is hale and hearty and we want to thank all those who assisted us in ensuring her safe return.”

But he did not say if ransom was eventually paid.

Gunmen had whisked the victim away from her home in Fonibiri, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.

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