Suspected gunmen kidnap 90-year-old senator’s mum

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Jul 30th, 2014
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Suspected gunmen yesterday abducted Madam Florentina, the 90-year-old mother of Senator Emmanuel Paulker, from her home in Opolo-Epie, Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

Residents were angry that the gunmen kidnapped the woman despite her age.

They were also annoyed because the woman was kidnapped for the second time in four years.

In February 23, 2010, the old woman was abducted by armed youths, who demanded N100million ransom.

She was rescued in March 2010 by security operatives, who reportedly shot one of the kidnappers on Immiringi Road in a battle.

It was learnt that the kidnappers returned about 3am on Wednesday and executed their evil plot. A source said they were five and  armed with AK47 and other rifles.

He added: “The kidnappers came through the main road. They drove a vehicle into the community and shot into the air to create panic among the people, who were fast asleep.

“They broke into the old woman’s room and took her away to an unknown place. Some residents thought the abductors were armed robbers.”

Another source decried the kidnap of Madam Florentina.

Police Commissioner Hilary Opara confirmed the incident. He said one of the suspects had been arrested.


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