Bayelsa State Government has ccondemned in strong terms, “the callous kidnap of Madam Betinah Benson (aged 80), mother of the Secretary to the State Government, Rt. Hon Friday Konbowei Benson on Tuesday 20th July, 2021 by yet to be identified gunmen.”
A statement by the Commissioner for information, Orientation and Strategy Ayibaina Dubai and made available to Niger Delta Herald.
said that “regardless of this regrettable security breach, government hereby re-assures the general public that the state’s security architecture, which earned it a top place as the most peaceful state in the federation, is intact.
“Therefore, citizens are enjoined to remain calm and go about their normal businesses without any fear of intimidation.
“They are also urged to be more security conscious, and readily provide information to the police and other security agencies to prevent a re-occurrence of this evil act.
“Government will also like to assure the public that it is working with the law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders to ensure the timely and safe release the octogenarian.
We are also committed to pursuing and apprehending the criminals involved in this condemnable kidnap, no matter how fast they run or how deep their hiding hole is, and return mama home to her loved ones.”
The statement further noted that “₩Our resolve on this incident is that the long arm of the law will ultimately catch-up with the criminals.
“It is only wise therefore that they as a matter of urgency, immediately release the innocent old woman unconditionally, without hurt or injury.”