After 76 days, N15m ransom, abductors free Siasia’s mother

The Police in Bayelsa State on Sunday confirmed that the mother of embattled ex-Super Eagles’ Coach. Samson Siasia, Mrs. Beauty Ogere Siasia, has been released by her abductors.

The woman, who spent 76 days in the kidnapper’s den was kidnapped on July 15, 2018 and according to a family member, Eworikumo Siasia, the 80-year-old Madam Siasia had been freed and she is at home with family members at their Odoni country home in Sagbama Local Government Area.

However, a relative of Siasia revealed that the family paid N15 million ransom to the kidnappers.

Mrs Ogere was kidnapped on July 15 by heavily-armed gunmen who invaded her Odoni country home in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

A few days ago, Siasia made a passionate appeal to the Nigerian government to help his course as his mother was sick when she was kidnapped

“So I can only keep appealing to these guys to please let my mother go. I would like for the government or whoever is capable to help me bring my mother back.” Siasia told the BBC

This is the second time in four years that Mrs Ogere has been kidnapped. She was held by gunmen for 12 days before her release in November 2015.

“What more can I do but plead for assistance from the government, police and my country that I served as a player and coach,” Siasia added

“My mother is seriously sick and this bothers me a lot. I don’t know where or who to turn to at this point.

“I’ve not had a job for three years, battling with a Fifa ban appeal and to have my sick mother in the hands of kidnappers, I just feel extremely tired.”

Among many other accomplishments, Siasia prides himself as the most decorated African football coach at the Olympics, winning silver at the Beijing Games in 2008 and bronze at the 2016 Games in Rio.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Asinim Butswat, a Superintendent of Police, said the police command would issue an official statement later.

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