Kidnapped Wife Of Ex-Bayelsa Governor Freed

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Martha Binabo, the kidnapped wife of the former acting governor of Bayelsa, Nestor Binabo, has been released.
Ms. Binabo, abducted on June 29, was freed on Sunday.

A family source who wished to be anonymous said on Sunday that the woman was handed over to a negotiator at Buguma area of Rivers in the early hours of Sunday.

According to the source, the family complied with the kidnappers warning not to involve the police. The kidnappers gave their victim N18,000 for transport and a big fish when she was released.They reportedly told their victim to prepare pepper soup for her husband with the fish.

It was gathered that a ransom of N8.2 million was paid to secure her freedom.
The spokesperson of the Bayelsa State Police Command, Astimin Butswat, who confirmed the development, said the command is yet to get full details on her release.

The Bayelsa Police Command in June confirmed the kidnap of the victim in the premises of her company in Yenagoa by gunmen dressed in military uniforms.
“Five unknown gunmen dressed in military camouflage uniforms, went to the premises of Seleyibo Multi-Global Coy LTD, at Agbura, in Yenagoa LGA on Monday,” the police said then.

“They called the director of the company one Madam Martha Nestor Binabor, aged 48, outside the company’s gate for a talk.

“Consequently, they forced her into an ash coloured Toyota Camry Car, Reg No. unknown, chasis No. TDBE32K620105302, and drove to Otuokpoti Sand Dump in Ogbia LGA.

“They set the Toyota Camry Car ablaze, took the victim into a waiting speedboat and sped off to an unknown destination.”

The victim’s husband was Speaker of the Bayelsa House of Assembly. He acted as governor from January 27 to February 14, 2012, following the vacuum created by the ouster of former Governor Timipre Sylva. He handed over to the current governor, Seriake Dickson.

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