Abducted sister of Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, Miss Nancy Dickson, has been released by her abductors, the government has said.
The 26-year-old Nancy, a student of the Niger Delta University, Ammasoma, said to be the last child of the Dicksons, regained her freedom after spending 70 days in the kidnappers’ den.
Nancy was abducted on December 19, 2015, by gunmen who seized her at her shop on Okaka Road, Yenagoa, and drove away on an ash-coloured Lexus jeep.
Her captors were said to have trailed her to her shop and whisked her away to an unknown place at about 2:50pm on the fateful day.
A statement issued on Monday by the chief press secretary to the governor, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said Nancy was rescued on Sunday evening from her abductors without any payment of ransom.
Though Iworiso-Markson did not indicate which of the arm of the security agencies effected her release, he just said the victim was freed by a combined team of security operatives.
The governor’s spokesman said, “Some of the kidnappers took to their heels while others were apprehended following a tip-off on their hideouts.
“The kidnappers were rattled and overwhelmed to forcefully surrender their kidnapped victim, following intense pressure mounted by the security agencies to track down the kidnappers.”
Iworiso-Markson quoted Governor Dickson as calling on the people of the state not to succumb to the demands of ransom made by kidnappers.
He said Dickson had assured the people that plans were underway to amend the Bayelsa State Secret Cult, Kidnapping and other Related Offences Prohibition Bill 2012 to proscribe payment of ransom in the state.
“The governor has stressed that the Bill when passed into law, would go a long way in putting a stop to the incidence of kidnapping in the state.
“Dickson urged Bayelsans to take a cue from his personal experience with kidnappers when his aged mother was abducted in 2009 and efforts were made to secure her release without payment of ransom.
“The governor has maintained that as part of efforts to stem criminal activities in the state, a comprehensive security strategy would be launched soon to boost government’s policy of zero tolerance on crime and criminality. He therefore advised anyone or group of persons who indulge in the unwholesome practice to turn a new leaf as the full weight of the law would be brought to bear on any culprit.”
The spokesman for Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat said the command had not been fully briefed on the release.