Legislator's mother abducted in Nigerian oil delta

Nigerian gunmen kidnapped the mother of a state legislator in the southern oil producing Niger Delta while in a separate case the 11-year-old son of another legislator was released on Tuesday.

Legislator's mother abducted in Nigerian oil delta
Nigerian gunmen kidnapped the mother of a state legislator in the southern oil producing Niger Delta while in a separate case the 11-year-old son of another legislator was released on Tuesday.

The woman, whose son is a member of the Bayelsa state house of assembly, was abducted on Monday night, said Jonah Okah, spokesman for the speaker of the house.

He said she was taken from her home in Brass, a remote coastal area of Bayelsa, which is one of three core oil states in the delta.

Okah also said the son of another member of the house, who was abducted from his parents' home on Aug. 7, was freed early on Tuesday and was in good health.

There have been three abductions in less than a month targeting relatives of Bayelsa legislators. The speaker's elderly mother was freed on Aug. 3 after 10 days in captivity.

These incidents are part of a new trend in the delta, where kidnappers used to snatch mostly foreign oil workers to extort money from their firms but have now started targeting relatives of people they think could pay a good ransom.

In neighbouring Rivers state, two 3-year-old children were kidnapped in July. One had a British father while the other was the son of a traditional chief.

Expatriate workers are still being targeted. Over 200 of them have been kidnapped since early 2006 and most have been released unharmed in exchange for ransoms. At least five are still in captivity in different parts of the delta.

Reuters
Last Mod: 14 Ağustos 2007, 15:30
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