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Police in Bayelsa rescue commissioner’s abducted son


The Bayelsa State Police Command yesterday disclosed that it has rescued the kidnapped six-year old son of the state Commissioner for Water Resources, Nengi Talbot.

He was kidnapped on December 22, 2019 at Talbot’s residence in Opolo, a suburb of Yenagoa, but was rescued at Ikebiri in Southern Ijaw Council Area of the state.

His rescue was perfected by men of Operation Puff Adder led by DSP Chris Nwaogbo after weeks of intelligence gathering, even as five of the kidnappers have been arrested, while the leader of the gang is at large.

The rescued boy was presented to the state Commissioner of Police (CP), Uche Anozia, who handed him over to his parents at the Marine Police jetty in Yenagoa at 6:30pm yesterday.

Presenting the child to the parents, Anozia said, “The rescue of the child was as a result of the effort of the police command. We have been chasing the kidnappers from creek to creek. You know Bayelsa is about 80 per cent water.

“Today we went to Ikiebiri where the child was kept. Fortunately, we succeeded in rescuing him and arrested his abductors.”

Narrating his ordeal, the boy said he was fed with noodles and tea during the day and soup and fish at night, while Talbot thanked God for the safe return of his son after nearly three weeks in captivity.

“It has been a nightmarish experience for us since his abduction on December 22, 2019. I want to thank God, the state police command and all those who made the rescue of my son possible.

“Most kidnapped victims are often killed, but I thank God that my son was rescued unhurt and he is alive,” he said.

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