Gunmen Abduct Bayelsa Speaker’s Mother-in-law


Madam Ogboro Dark, 90, the mother-in-law of the Speaker of Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Hon. Kombowei Benson, has been kidnapped by armed gunmen.

Dark, fondly called Obololo, was reportedly abducted by unknown gunmen operating along the waterways of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.

She was abducted in her hometown, Korokorosei Community of Southern Ijaw, at about 2.00 am on Friday.

The News Agency of Nigeria learnt that the armed men entered the community through the waterside in three speed boats.

A community source, who witnessed the incident, said: “the gunmen came at about 2.00 am.

“They shot sporadically before making their way to the woman’s home; we were all afraid because of the gunshots.

“They seized her and took her away to an unknown place.

“They showed no pity at the age of the woman,” the source, who did not want his name mentioned, said.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Hilary Opara, confirmed the development and said the police had ”swung into action” to free the victim.

Opara, who vowed to make the state uncomfortable for criminals, said the anti-kidnap squad of the police had been directed to rescue the woman.

“The divisional police officer in charge of the area alerted me early in the morning about the development.

“It is wicked and we will ensure we rescue the woman,” he said.

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