Kidnappers murder 78 year-old woman

The mother of a former member of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly representing Southern Ijaw Constituency I, Hon. Kate Owoko has been found dead.

Her body was dumped by the riverside in Amassoma area of the state, according to the family members, the remains of the 78 year-old woman was found on Tuesday night along the Ogbein-South riverside of Southern Ijaw community of Ammassoma.

The late Owoko was abducted from her home in Ammasoma on April 17 by six armed men and a ransom was demanded. The negotiation, however, stalled following the alleged refusal of her daughter to pay the ransom.

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A family member who claimed anonymous said, “Yes, the corpse of our mother was discovered yesterday night. She was abducted on the 17th of April. The incident is unfortunate.”

He, however, blamed the death of the kidnap victim on the “refusal” of the lawmaker to pay the ransom. “The kidnappers demanded a ransom. But she refused to pay. She told the kidnappers that she had no money,” the family member said.

The spokesman for Bayelsa State Police Command, DSP Asimin Butswat, confirmed the kidnap victim’s death but said the police is still investigating the incident.

Source: Sahara Reports

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