Monday, 15 February 2016

Gunmen Kidnap Mother of Rivers Commissioner of Information, Demand N30m Ransom

Unknown gunmen on Saturday kidnapped the 85-year-old mother of the Rivers State Commissioner for Information, Dr. Austin Tam-George.

It was gathered that the kidnappers of Madam Patience Tam-George had since established contact with the family of victim, demanded the sum of N30m as ransom.

A source from the family of the victim told The PUNCH that the hoodlums had forcefully entered their target’s residence at George Ama in Okrika Town, Okrika Local Government Area at about 8.55pm.

It was also learnt that the gunmen, who were about six in number, rushed into Madam Tam-George’s sitting room where she was relaxing and took her away.

According to the source, the octogenarian did not disobey the directives of the kidnappers as she followed them to a waiting speed boat that eventually took her to an unknown destination.

When contacted through the telephone, the commissioner confirmed the abduction of his mother and prayed for her immediate release.

Also confirming the incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ahmad Mohammad, said efforts had been intensified by the command to rescue the victim and apprehend those behind her abduction.

“There was a reported kidnap case of the aged woman at Okrika to the police. The incident occurred last night at the waterfront in George Ama, Okrika Town. Efforts are on to safely rescue the victim,” Mohammad said in a text message sent to our correspondent.

Culled from: Punch Newspaper