News spurring this morning reveals that the mother of current head coach of Nigeria’s U-23 football team, Samson Siasia, has been kidnapped.
According to reports, gunmen stormed the family residence of the Siasia’s in the early hours of Tuesday morning at Odoni community of Sagama Local Council Area of Bayelsa State and forcefully whisked away 72 year old Siasia’s mother on a motorcycle.
ASP Ansinim Butswat, Bayelsa State Police Command spokesperson, has confirmed the incident saying that the matter has been reported, but details were still sketchy.
Siasia while speaking to a new media, sounded very sober and distraught and has appealed to the kidnappers to release his mother.
Siasia said: “Right now I am confused, from the story I got, three men on motorbike stormed my parents’ house in my village Odoni in Bayelsa State, shot sporadically into the air before taking my old mother away on a bike.
“What do they expect from me? I don’t have money, I am right now on national duty, and need all the time to concentrate on this very important national task. So, I beg them to please release my mother so that I can concentrate on this task of qualifying the U-23 National Team for the men’s football event of the Rio Olympics.”
Meanwhile NFF president, Amaju Pinnick posted on the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) website, pleading with the kidnappers to release the 72 year old mother of the coach. Pinnick said: “This is quite disturbing. We are just preparing for a crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match, and the U-23 boys are already in The Gambia for a pre-Cup of Nationstraining camp. Why this?
“All we can do is to appeal to the kidnappers to free Samson Siasia’s aged mother. Samson is on a critical national assignment presently and the last he needs is this kind of distraction,”
Reports says that the kidnappers are yet to contact or demand ransom from the family.