Ijaw Peoples Assembly very strongly condemns the kidnapping of Mrs Ogere Beauty Siasia, a 76-year-old mother of erstwhile player & coach of Super Eagles, Mr Samson Siasia along with two other victims- a woman and her 17 years’ old daughter- by unknown gun men which event occurred at wee hours of Monday, July 15, 2019 at their ancestral home, Odoni in Sagbama local government area of Bayelsa state. The kidnappers were said to have whisked their victims along the Nun River.
The abduction can be described as one too many in the Niger Delta and other parts of Nigeria. This is the second time in four years that gun men kidnapped the mother of the erstwhile skipper of Super Eagles. Mrs Ogere Siasia was first kidnapped in November, 2015 and released 12 days thereafter.
Meting out such a heinous crime against a 76-year-old woman together with two others is inhumane and regrettable and has since left the nonagenarian husband of Mrs Siasia and family of the victims in inconsolable grief. The husband is said to be the oldest in the community.
IPA observes with utter dismay, that the spate of methodic kidnapping specifically in the Niger Delta and generally in the country is quite alarming and has become most unbecoming as kidnapping deplorably appears to be business as usual. Kidnapping activities as currently imbued in our society, have despicably taken up the coloration of a lucrative criminality and should therefore NOT be given leeway nor be allowed to thrive in our society.
Whereas we totally condemn the alleged 70 million naira (₦70m) demanded as ransom by the abductors via a telephone call from a foreign phone line to Samson Siasia, son of Mrs Ogere Siasia; whereas security agents are taking steps at effecting the release of the abductees & bringing to book the perpetrators of the nefarious activity; whereas the prevalence of kidnapping as well as other social vices remains unassuaged in our society; we urge locals to cooperate among themselves and to collaborate with security agents to foster communal intelligence aimed at not only unmasking the kidnappers of the incident case, but also stemming the tide of kidnapping spree in our nation’s history.
Report from an impeccable source has it that the victims are hitherto in the den of the kidnappers. IPA herein enjoins security agents to be on top of their game and those with meaningful information that can lead to the unconditional release or rescue of the victims to kindly share same with the police. We use this medium to encourage security agencies to expand waterways boat patrol architecture along the littoral periphery. Also, concerted efforts be made at sharing emergency police telephone numbers with residents of local communities via CDCs of ALL communities alongside proper education on how and when to utilise such phone numbers. IPA reliably gathered that some youngster neighbour in the community loudly heard at wee hours, thunderous bangs (for ample time) on the doors of the victims followed by shoutings of the septuagenarian woman alerting that “kidnappers dem don come again o”. The young boy being alone could not have confronted the kidnappers, yet he never alerted the police.
IPA vehemently admonishes youth to eschew kidnapping and other social menaces. Youth should rather harness their God-given virtues & strive to maximize their positive potentials with a view to engaging society in many meaningful ways. IPA commiserates with the families and friends of the victims even as we pray the victims would be released unhurt and family and friends would find solace in God during this trying period.
Public Communications Committee