There was huge relief Friday night after Madam Beauty Ogere Siasia, mother of Nigeria U23 coach Samson Siasia, was released by her abductors 12 days after she was kidnapped.
The coach had cried out that he wasn’t a rich man and there was no way he could have raised the initial N150 million naira asked for, which was later cut to N50 million then N32 million before they finally agreed to take whatever the Siasia family could offer, an amount which is said to be around N600,000.
After much negotiation, Madam Siasia was finally released by the kidnappers at around 10:30pm on Friday night.
Elated family spokesman Dennis Siasia disclosed to Goal around 7am on Saturday morning that the woman was released and has been moved to her village in Bayelsa State.
“I sincerely thank the Nigeria Police and the DSS (Department of State Services) for their efforts in ensuring that Mama was finally released by her captors,” Dennis told Goal.
“My elder brother Samson Siasia was very happy to receive the news of Mama’s release and I think this will help a great deal in Samson’s concentration to the task ahead.”
Similarly, the head coach of the U-23 national team, Dream Team, Samson Siasia has expressed happiness in the release of his mother, Mrs Ogere Siasia who was kidnapped 2 weeks ago in their village in Bayelsa State.
An elated Siasia who could not hide his emotions, said he feels relieved knowing that his mother is now back in the comfort of their home, and the family is now relieved that she was released unhurt.
“Words can’t express how I feel, all I want to say here is thank you to all Nigerians especially the NFF who stood by myself and my family in our trying times, it has not been easy but by his grace we have overcome, for me all I can say now is, based on the support shown me and my family, all I can do to repay Nigerians is to go out there and pick an Olympic ticket for the country”
On if any ransom was paid before she was released, Coach Siasia said he is not in the know if any was paid, but as long as his mother is back home, his joy has no limit.
The Dream Team VI begin their quest for a ticket to Rio with their first game against group B rivals Mali at the 5,000 capacity Caroline Faye Stadium in Mbour, the game gets on at exactly 19.45 (CAT)

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