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Release Madam Benson unconditionally, Bayelsa govt tells kidnappers


Pauline Onyibe, Yenagoa

The Bayelsa State government has asked the kidnappers of Madam Betinah Benson, the aged mother of the Secretary to the State Government, Friday Kombowei  Benson as a matter of urgency to release her unconditionally without her being harmed.

The state government also condemned in strong terms the callous kidnap of the 80-year-old woman.

In a statement in Yenagoa on Friday  signed by the Commissioner for information, Ayibaina Duba, the government assured the public that it was working with law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders to ensure the timely and safe release of the octogenarian and urged the public  to be more security conscious and readily provide information to the police and other security agencies to prevent a re-occurrence of the evil act.

The statement read “Regardless of this regrettable security breach, government hereby  re-assures the general public that the state’s security architecture, which earned its top place as the most peaceful state in the federation is intact.

“Therefore, citizens are enjoined to remain calm and go about their normal businesses without any fear of intimidation.

“We are also committed to pursuing and apprehending the criminals involved in this condemnable kidnap, no matter how fast they run or how deep their hiding hole is and return mama home to her loved ones.”

Madam Betinah Benson was kidnapped on Tuesday, July 20 from her Assembly quarters by yet to be identified gunmen – which is the second time she is being kidnapped in the last eight years.

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