Nigerian Police Force (NPF)

We will rescue kidnapped Bayelsa lawmaker’s father – Police

Yenagoa –  The Bayelsa Police Command on Monday said would ensure that Mr Watson Iti, the abducted father of a state legislator, regained freedom.

The Spokesman of the Command, Asinim Butswat, gave the assurance while speaking with newsmen in Yenagoa.

Butswat said the Command had alerted its Marine Unit to comb the creeks and mangroves swamps for the abductors and their victim.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the abductors on Sunday placed N70 million as ransom on the octogenarian who was abducted on Saturday.

Iti ,81, is the father of Mr Alfred Watson, member, representing Brass State Constituency 11.

He was abducted at about 9 a.m. on four gunmen operating along the waterways of the state.

The octogenarian, who hails from Okpoama, Brass Local Government Area, was abducted while conveying the body of his late wife for burial.

A family source, who spoke with NAN on condition of anonymity, said the gunmen had contacted Mr Alfred Watson through the victim’s mobile cell phone number.

According to the source, the kidnappers called the lawmaker on Sunday morning and demanded a ransom of N70 million.

“They called with the number of his father and gave him between then and Wednesday, this week, to pay the ransom.

“They did not even allow the lawmaker to speak with his father,” the source said.

Watson also confirmed that he was called by the kidnappers of his father.

“Yes, they have called but I told them that I do not have any money to give as ransom; I asked them to release my father unconditionally because, I have no money to give anybody,” he said. (NAN)

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