The kidnapped wife of former Speaker of Bayelsa State House of Assembly and ex-Acting governor of the state, Madam Martha Nestor Binabo, has regained her freedom.
The 48-year-old woman was handed over to a negotiator at Buguma area of Rivers State in the early hours of yesterday, according to a family source.
While some denied knowledge of payment of ransom, others claimed that N8.2m was paid to secure her freedom.
The kidnappers were said to have warned the family not to involve the police in any rescue effort.
Madam Binabo was allegedly released with a transport fare of N18,000 and a bag of fish.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Asinim Butswat, said he was yet to be briefed on the development but a family source confirmed her release, saying “she was well taken care of by the kidnappers.”
It was learned that the kidnappers gave her N18,000 as transport and a big bag of fresh fish for her family.
Madam Binabo was kidnapped last Monday by armed men clad in military uniform at Abura on the outskirts of Yenagoa, the state capital.
The gunmen were said to have lured their victim outside her company’s gate for a talk only to force her into a waiting car and drove towards Otuokpoti sand dump, where they escaped into the creeks in a speedboat.