Saturday, 28 November 2015

Fleeing Kidnappers free Siasia’s mother 

Kidnappers have freed Mrs Beauty Ogere Siasia, the mother of former interna­tional and national coach of the Under- 23 National Team, Samson Siasia. According to reports Mrs Siasia was said to have been abandoned by the kidnappers along the East- West road to escape from the Anti-kidnapping squad that were pursuing them The Police Public Relations Officer ( PPRO) Mr Ansim Butwats who confirmed the release of Mrs Siasia said the Police have inten­sified efforts to arrest the kidnappers. “Madam Beauty Siasia, who was abducted on the 16 November, 2015, was abandoned by her abductors along the East West Road, at about 0130hrs, 28 November, 2015, due to a hot pursuit by the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Police Command.
She is hale and hearty and has been reunited with her family. The Police have intensified efforts to arrest the fleeing suspects”
It would be recalled that three kidnappers took Ogere Siasia from the family home in Bayelsa SState in the oil-rich Niger Delta, where kidnappings for ransom are frequent.
Siasia, who is in Senegal with his squad for the Confederation of African Football Under-23 Championship, told the BBC he was happy his mother had been freed safely and reunited with her family.
“It’s been a crazy two weeks, but I would like to say thank you to the NFF and everyone involved in the safe return of my mother”
“We’ve already spoken and she’s happy to be home,” he told BBC Sport.
“It’s been a crazy two weeks, but I would like to say thank you to the NFF and everyone involved in the safe return of my mother.
“Now I can completely focus on the business here, doing well at this tourna­ment would be a perfect way to thank Nigerians for their love.”
The kidnappers had initially demanded 150 million naira (US$750,000), but subsequently reduced their demand to 50 million naira (US$250,000), and 35 million naira (US$175,000) for the release of the 72-year-old. Although Mrs Siasia was released early on Saturday, it is not clear if a ransom was paid.