The kidnappers of Mrs. Ogbona Orumo, the 90-year-old mother-in-law of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly Speaker, Mr. Kombowei Benson, have demanded N40million ransom to set her free.
Orumo was abducted last Friday from her Seibiri compound in Korokorosei, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state by unknown gunmen.
She was whisked away to an unknown place through the waterways by the hoodlums who never cared about her old age.
The kidnappers have reportedly contacted the speaker and demanded the ransom.
Traditional rulers in the state rained curses on persons behind the dastardly act especially after learning that their victim was taken away naked.
The Chairman of the Bayelsa State Traditional Rulers Council, King Godwin Igodo, who spent 29 days in kidnappers den last year, decried rising cases of kidnapping in the state.
Igodo noted that kidnapping was alien to the ways of life of the Ijaw people.
“I was a victim. I spent 29 days in the den of kidnappers under the rain and the sun last year,” he said.
Also Benson called for the establishment of a mobile police base in Korokorosei community.
The Speaker in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Piriye Kiyaramo, sympathized with his in-laws.
He appealed to the family members to be patient, explaining that the matter has been reported to the police for action.