Eighty-year-old Pa Napoleon Alale, father of the Sagbama Local Government Chairman, Mr Embeleakpo Alale, has regained freedom after spending about two months in the den of his alleged kidnappers.
The octogenarian was whisked away from his residence at Agbere, Sagbama, on Friday, May 8, 2020 by unidentified gunmen.
Embeleakpo in a statement on Tuesday by his Press Secretary, Dr Nikade Anderson, confirmed the release of Pa Alale.
The council chairman revealed that the kidnappers dropped his father at Otuokpoti riverside in Ogbia LGA of Bayelsa at about 1am on Tuesday, after making series of contacts with the family towards securing his release.
Embeleakpo did not however disclose if the family paid any ransom before securing the release of the aged man.
The council boss, while noting that his father was receiving medical attention to ascertain his health status, expressed appreciation to God over the safe return of his father.
He also expressed gratitude to Governor Douye Diri and his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, for their intervention and moral support while the harrowing experience lasted.
He also appreciated associates, members of the public, security operatives and the media for the overwhelming display of solidarity during the trying period.
Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Police Command says it has arrested one ‘Commander’ Mummy Reuben, the alleged mastermind of Pa. Napoleon Alali.
Spokesman for the command, SP Asinim Butswat, said in a statement after the release of the octogenarian that combined efforts by security agencies led to the arrest of the mastermind.
He said the suspect had confessed to how he conspired with others to carry out the kidnap.
Butswat said: “Consequently, the kidnappers released the victim, Pa. Napoleon Alale, aged 80, on Tuesday, August 4, at about 0100hours at Otuokpoti, Ogbia LGA of Bayelsa.
“The Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, Mike Okoli, has rejigged the security strategy of the command to reduce crime to the barest minimum in Bayelsa.
“Investigation is ongoing to arrest other fleeing suspects.”