By Sampson Boroh
Operatives of the Bayelsa State Police Command have rescued Madam Beauty Nimizuoa, the 80-year-old mother of Yenagoa Local Government Council chairman, Uroupaye Nimizuoa, from her abductors.
This is coming barely day after the command announced the arrival of a new commissioner of police in the state, Nkereuwem Akpan.
Mama Nimizuoa was learnt to have been rescued by operatives of the Operation Puff Adder.
Akpan took over Uche Anozia as Bayelsa Commissioner of police.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Asinim Butswat, announced the arrival of the new police chief in a statement on Friday.
The 80-year-old was rescued close to the kidnappers camp located between the Ekeni-Ezetu axis of the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the State.
She was abducted from her home in Yenagoa 21 days ago.
Her abductors had demanded N70 million for ransom.
Our correspondent gathered that Puff Adder’s operatives led by DSP Chris Nwaogbo rescued the victim on Saturday after tracking the suspects to their hideouts in Ughelli, Warri and Ezetu areas of Delta and Bayelsa States.
The operatives were said to have identified the mastermind of the kidnapping gang following the arrest of one his key associate in Delta State.
The identified mastermind had escaped arrest twice and has sustained severe gunshot wound in the shootout with policemen.
It was gathered that the mastermind of the kidnap gang, identified as John and a suspected graduate of the Abia State University, Uturu in Abia State. He is also said to be known with his operational mobile line as Frank Philips.