Gunmen have kidnapped Betinah Benson, mother of Secretary to the Bayelsa State Government, Kombowei Benson.
The victim, 80, was kidnapped on Tuesday morning and took to an unknown destination.
The Bayelsa State Police Command spokesperson, Asinim Butswat confirmed the incident in a statement, adding that some of the suspects have been arrested
“The Bayelsa State Police Command has launched a manhunt for the rescue of Madam Betinah Benson and arrest of the suspects.
“Madam Betinah Benson 80 years was kidnapped on 20th July 2021, at about at about 2300 hours at her residence at Old Legislative Quarters, Azikoro Road, Yenagoa. The kidnappers who were dressed in military camouflage stormed the residence and kidnapped the victim to an unknown destination,” the statement read in part.
The statement added that the Commissioner of Police Bayelsa State Command, Mike Okoli, and other detectives have visited the scene and investigation is in progress.
Lately, there have been surge of kidnapping and attacks in the state.
In 2020, gunmen attacked a security post within the country home of former President Goodluck Jonathan at Outoke, Ogbia LGA of Bayelsa.
Also in 2019, gunmen abducted mother of ex-super eagles coach, Samson Siasia at her residence in Adoni community Sagbama Local Government Area of the state.