The 6-year-old son of the Bayelsa State Commissioner for Water Resources, Hon Nengi Talbot, Master Antonio Talbot, has regained freedom from the hands of his abductors.
This is coming more than two weeks after he was kidnapped at Opolo commissioners’ quarter by the gunmen who also carted away a suit case containing his father’s document thinking it was stashed with cash.
Master Antonio Talbot’s release was secured on Tuesday afternoon by a team from Operation Puff Adder led by DSP Chris Nwaogbo at the riverside town of Ikiebiri in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state after spending the festive period in captivity.
Five of his alleged abductors were apprehended by the police with the ring leader of the kidnap gang known as Ebi who is on the run.
Bittertruth Media gathered that the kidnappers claimed the father of the boy had engaged them during the last Governorship election in Nembe community but refused to pay them, which they earlier demanded for N50 million as ransom for the release of the boy.
However, the Police insists that no ransom was paid for the safe release of the minor.
Receiving the boy at the Marine Police jetty in Yenagoa at about 5.30pm, his elated parents said:
“It has been a nightmare experience for us since his abduction on December 22, 2019. I want to thank God, the state police command and all those who made the rescue of my son possible.
“Most kidnapped victims are often killed but I thank God my son was rescued unhurt,” he said.