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Kidnapped 105-Year-Old Mother Of Sylva’s Running Mate Released

Posted: Nov 11, 2015 at 1:54 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma,Yenagoa
Kidnapped Madam Ebifeghe Bikoroghe, mother of the deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Wilberforce Igiri, has regained her freedom.
It was gathered that Bikoroghe, who is said to be 105 years old, was released by her kidnappers on Monday, November 9,2015, about 12 days after the incident.
She was abducted by a gang of dare-devil gunmen from her home in Foropa, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, on Thursday, October 29,2015.
Her abduction took place barely one week after the governorship candidate of the APC, Timipre Sylva, formally presented Igiri to the party in Yenagoa as his running mate in the forthcoming December 5 governorship election in the state.
The hoodlums invaded the centenarian’s house at about 1am on the fateful day and took her away to an unknown place.
The bandits were said to have stormed the  community on the fringe of the Atlantic Ocean  in two speed boats and shot sporadically into the air to ward off any response by the people.
Police Public Relations Officer of the Bayelsa State Command, Asinim Butswat, confirmed Ebikoroghe’s release on Tuesday.>
> He said she was freed at 10pm on Monday at Ayama Waterside in Yenagoa Local Government Area.
“She is hale and hearty and has been re-united with her family. Efforts have been intensified to arrest the abductors. Investigation is ongoing”, Butswat said.>
> However, a source hinted that an undisclosed sum of money was paid to secure her freedom as the kidnappers had insisted on collecting ransom before they would release her.
It would be recalled that three days after Bikoroghe was kidnapped, there was apprehension in the state that she might have died in the custody of the abductors.
Igiri, who kept mum over his mother’s abduction, broke his silence on November 3,2015 and absolved her assailants from any blame.
Igiri, who spoke at a forum on the development of a locally- based agenda for the Sylva/Agiri administration organised by the APC  in Yenagoa, attributed the incident to poor youth empowerment policy of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party government  in the state.