By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa
Reprieve came the way of five Pakistani crew members kidnapped off the coast of Bayelsa State and the wife of the retired Permanent Secretary in the state, Mrs. Anne Ziworitin following their release by their captors.
While the abducted Pakistanis who had spent twelve days in captivity were released at 2pm Wednesday, the retired Director, State Primary School Board, Mrs Anne Ziworitin, wife of former Permanent Secretary, was dropped off on her street at the Yenezue-Gene suburb of Yenagoa after an alleged payment of N2m ransom.
The Pakistanis who were reportedly abducted by armed pirates on board a Nigerian flagged vessel, MT Matrix on May 25, about 40 nautical miles off the coast of the state were identified as Rashid Igbal, Wajid Muhammad, Waqas Admed, Mushtag Admed and Mujtaba Ghlum Muhammad.
They were said to be working for Metrix Energy, an oil servicing company.
Their release it was learnt was facilitated by the former Secretary General of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Comrade Udengs Eradiri and other members of the IYC.
They were reportedly set free at about 2pm in the creek of Southern Ijaw local government area and handed over to the Department of State Security.