By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa
Thekidnapped mother of the Bayelsa State Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Surv Furoebi Akene has been released.
Madam Patimi Akene aged 77 who was abducted 21 days ago at her country home by armed men at Fonibiri community in Southern Ijaw local government area of the state was set free yesterday at an undisclosed location some distance away from the coastal town of Lobia in the same council area.
Although it could not be confirmed if the N10million ransom demanded by the kidnappers was paid, a source close to the family told Saturday Vanguard that a little amount of money was handed out to placate her captors which necessitated her release.
Also a family source who spoke anonymously said, “we were told by the kidnappers to buy them four Nokia handsets and dropped same at an agreed place in the mangrove swamp which we obliged them before mama was set free.”
The relived commissioner confirmed the release of his mother and thanked Bayelsans for showing concern through out the family trying moment.
“Mama has been released,” he said adding, “we thank God she is hale and hearty and we want to thank all those who assisted us in ensuring her safe return.”
The kidnappers had last week threatened to cut off the head of their victim following the refusal of her son to accede to their demand.
Madam Patimi Akene, it would be recalled, was abducted without any gunshot and whisked away by armed men numbering about six from her home close to the Fonibiri community waterside at about 12 am about three week ago.