by Stanley Azuakola
The mother of Kombowei Benson, the speaker of the Bayelsa state House of Assembly has been kidnapped. The kidnap of the 78-year old Betinah Okunwa Benson was carried out by unknown gunmen in the early hours of Monday morning.
The speaker who has been facing a storm of criticisms and a court case over allegations of corruption, now faces a new battle with this new development.
Madam Benson was abducted at her country home in Korokoresei community, Southern Ijaw local government, Bayelsa state.
According to eyewitnesses, after grabbing the aged woman, the gunmen shot sporadically in the air to scare residents away, put her in a waiting speed boat at the community waterfront and sped off.
The kidnappers haven’t contacted the speaker or anyone in the family yet, according to the Special Assistant on Media to the Speaker, Mr. Piriye Kiyaramo.