Unknown gunmen yesterday kidnapped the 90-year old mother-in-law of the Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Mr. Kombowei Benson.
The victim, identified simply as Obololo, was seized from her Korokorosei home at about 2am by the hoodlums who reportedly rode on a speedboat.
They then fled the town in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.
The incident has thrown residents into panic.
A source in the community said of the incident: “The gunmen came at about 2am. They shot sporadically before making their way to the woman’s home. We were all afraid because of the sounds of gunshots.
“They seized her and took her away to an unknown place. They showed no pity at the age of the woman.”
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hilary Opara, confirmed the development and said his men had swung into action.
Opara, who vowed to make the state uncomfortable for criminals, said the relevant squad of the police had been ordered to rescue the woman.
“The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the area alerted me early in the morning about the development. It is wicked and we will ensure we rescue the woman,” he said.