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Breaking: Kidnapped 80-year-old mother of Bayelsa SSG freed

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The Police in Bayelsa on Sunday confirmed the rescue of Madam Betinah Benson, mother of Secretary to Bayelsa State Government, abducted on July 20 from her Ekeki residence in Yenagoa after 32 days in captivity.

Mr Echeng Echeng, the Bayelsa Commissioner of Police, confirmed the development at the residence of the SSG shortly after handing over the 80-year-old to family members.

He explained that the pressure from the police led to 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.

The octogenarian was in a jubilant mood when she was handed over to her son on Sunday evening in the presence of relatives and security operatives.

Lagostimes  Nigeria learnt that three suspects were arrested in connection with the abduction.

On payment of ransom to secure her release, the SSG said that a “token gift of N4 million and two android phones” were given to the kidnappers.

“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 N500 million, I stood my ground. Even when I say I will not pay, I gave them a token to allow Mama to return home,” Benson said.

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