By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa
The kidnappers of the mother of the Bayelsa State Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Furoebi Akene, have demanded N10m ransom.
The kidnappers, who earlier demanded the resignation of the commissioner from the state executive council were said to have backed down on Wednesday and demanded N10m to set their victim free.
Though the police, it was learnt, had deployed men to the creeks and waterways of the state in search of the abducted 77, year-old woman, a family source told Sunday Vanguard that they had taken their case to God for divine intervention.
The source said: “They contacted our family demanding N10m. Though the police is working round the clock to secure our mother’s release, we are also not relenting as we have taken the matter to God to touch the hearts of the kidnappers to set mama free unconditionally.”
Madam Patimi Akene was seized, penultimate Saturday, by six armed men who stormed her country home by the waterfront at the riverside Fonibiri town in Southern Ijaw local government area of the state.
The victim was said to be returning from a night vigil when she was seized by the gunmen who reportedly contacted her son demanding his resignation from the state executive council as condition for her release fueling speculation that the kidnapping has political undertone.