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Abductors demand N500m to free Bayelsa SSG’s mum

Kidnappers of the 80-year-old Madam Betinah Benson, mother of the Secretary to the Bayelsa State Government, Dr Kombowei Benson, have demanded a ransom of N500m for her release.

Another group also demanded N200m for the release of Tari Ajanami, the owner of Club 64, a nightclub.

It was gathered that investigators were looking at the possibility that both abductions were planned by one group.

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Calls to police spokesman Asinim Butswat were not routed, so he could not confirm the ransom demands.

But a member of the family of the club owner confirmed that they were contacted by the kidnappers who demanded a ransom of N200m.

“I was shocked when they demanded N200m. I hope and pray that they release our brother unhurt,” the family source said.

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