The mother of a former Super Eagles Coach, Samson Siasia, Beauty Ogere, is still in captivity two months after she was kidnapped.
Nigerian security agencies seem helpless over the abduction of the 80-year-old woman.
The woman, who was violently taken away on July 5, from their family bungalow at Odoni community in Sagbama Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, is suffering from old age related ailments.
Since then, her family members are not aware of her condition and the kind of treatment she is receiving from her captors.
She needs drugs to manage her conditions. But a family member, who spoke to Daily Afrika on behalf of Siasia, feared that the kidnappers might not be humane enough to buy her the prescribed drugs.
Samson Siasia who was recently banned by FIFA over match-fixing allegations, played 51 international matches for Nigeria. He scored 13 goals and was part of the team that participated in the 1994 FIFA World Cup and won the 1994 African Nations Cup.
He was also a member of the Nigerian team that won bronze at 1992 African Nations Cup in Senegal. He participated in the National Team over a period of 11 years and was recognised in Nigeria as the third-leading scorer for the national team. Among all his coaching careers, he managed the Super Eagles from 2010 to October 2011. He was reappointed in 2016.
But Siasia’s mother has been in kidnappers’ den for about 60 days. This is not the first time Ogere is suffering in the hands of kidnappers. In November 2015, she was abducted. She was later released 12 days following payment of about N.6 million to the kidnappers.
But this time, there seems to be no hope for the aged woman.
The family members are not, however, happy at the way the police have so far handled the matter. The commissioner of police in Bayelsa State, has not said anything beyond the usual “we investigating the matter” and no arrest has been made and no clue yet as to the whereabouts of Ogere.
Two days after the incident, the kidnappers established contacts with Siasia’s family and demanded N70 million to set the victims free.
Siasia, however, begged the kidnappers to set his aged mother free unconditionally, saying he was out of a job and had no such money to pay them.
But a family member said the kidnappers brought down the ransom to N50m without consideration to the health of the woman.
But the hoodlums have been allowed by the police to operate with impunity. Recently, the abductors of Beauty Ogere released one of their victims, Florence Donana.
The 66-year-old Donana was abducted the same day Siasia’s mother was kidnapped. Donana was abducted alongside her 17-year-old granddaughter by the hoodlums, who first broke into the family house of Siaisia to seize Ogere at 2 am.
Following prolonged negotiations between the families of the victims and the hoodlums, the kidnappers only released Donana, whose family paid some ransom.
A source from the community, who spoke in confidence, said the Donana family negotiated the undisclosed amount of ransom with the kidnappers and sent someone to deliver the money to them. He said the kidnappers collected the money, held the ransom payer captive and released only the aged Mrs Donana.
“The 17-year-old granddaughter was not released. The mother of Siasia was also not released because the family had yet to agree on ransom. They are still holding three persons captive”.