The Police have confirmed the kidnap of the mother of the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications by unknown gunmen.
Mrs Patience Tam-George, who is the mother of Governor Nyesom Wike’s aide, Dr. Austin Tam-George, was kidnapped at about 8.55pm on Saturday on her way from church at Giogioma in Okrika Local Government Area of the state.
In his appeal, Dr. Tam-George said: “I am appealing to her abductors to release my mother unhurt to the family. My mother is a harmless woman.
“My mother, Patience, is 85 years old (and) my mother cannot hurt anyone. She had gone to church as she has done for years to pray and worship God.”
A family source also disclosed that the abductors had made contact with the family, but refused to reveal if the kidnappers have asked for a ransom.
“The kidnappers have contacted the family of our aged mother but we have no further information on what was discussed. We also do not have any information on whether they have demanded for a ransom or not,” he said.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the Rivers State Police Command, DSP Ahmad Mohammad, confirmed that the command had received information about the kidnap of a woman in Okrika.
He, however, said that the information given to the Police did not suggest that the victim was the mother of the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications.
The Police Public Relations Officer gave the assurance that efforts were in top gear to rescue the victim.