The 80-year-old Madam Siasia was freed yesterday after spending 77 days in the hands of her abductors. has finally been released by her kidnappers
Mama Beauty Ogere Siasia, the abducted mother of the former national coach of Nigeria super Eagles Samson Siasia said she had been a target of frequent kidnapping by gunmen because they believed that her ex-coach son was a wealthy man.
Madam Siasia shortly after her release told newsmen at her residence in Odoni community said there were times her kidnappers fed her and other abductees with soup and garri and that there were times they also starved.
She said, the hoodlums decided to let them go on Sunday because they became “tired of our problem,” adding that she was ill before they took her away in July.
Madam Siasia, while narrating her ordeal, said, “I was at my house when they came to kidnap me. They took me to their place. They took care of me. When I was sick, they bought drugs. They cooked and gave to me.
“They didn’t beat me. There were days that there was no food. Those days, they ‘drank’ garri and gave me garri to drink too. Sometimes, they cooked soup, prepared garri and we ate. But on Sunday, they told me we had stayed for too long and they were tired of our problem.
“They carried us on a flying boat and dropped us in a village. I don’t know the name of the village. They carried us to their chairman’s place. I don’t even know the man. They called Seiyefa and Seiyefa came.
“They built a small house and used tarpaulin to cover the top. That was where they kept us. They kept worrying me because they said my son, Siasia is rich and a millionaire.
“As I am talking to you, I am not well. Before they took me, I was not well. I want to go to the hospital.”
There was jubilation at Odoni community in the Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State after she was safely brought home.
Recall that this is the second time in four years the octogenarian would be whisked away from her community by unknown gunmen. Heavily armed gunmen had invaded her residence in Odoni and whisked her away on July 15, 2019.
She was abducted in November 2015 by a gang of gunmen who released her after spending 12 days with them.
The Bayelsa state police command has also confirmed the release of Madam Siasia in a statement in Yenagoa signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Asinim Butswat, a Superintendent of Police.
He said the victim regained her freedom in the early hours of Sunday.