Kidnapped Mother Of Rivers State Commissioner Released

Mrs Patience Tam-George, mother of the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Dr Austin Tam-George, has been released by her abductors, Nigerian Tribune has reported.

The 85-year-old woman was kidnapped at about 8.55pm, on Saturday, on her way from church at Giogioma in Okrika, in Okrika LGA, of the state, even as the kidnappers demanded for a ransom of N30 million before they would release her.

Police spokesman of the state police command, DSP Ahmad Muhammad, she was released by her abductors, Thursday night. Mrs Patience Tam-George was found around 9pm at Buguma, the headquarters of Asari Toru Local Government Area of the state.

While not confirming if any ransom was paid, he said a relative of the victim, one Sylvanus George, was the alleged mastermind of the abduction. The police spokesman also said the suspected kidnapper had been arrested and that further investigation was ongoing to confirm his culpability and probable prosecution.

Dr Tam-George, in a sms, on Friday, said Mrs Patience Tam-George had been admitted into an undisclosed private hospital "for evaluation and care. "We thank the government and people of Rivers State, the state security agencies, the media and countless others around the world for their support, solidarity and prayers during the horrific ordeal. God be praised."

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