Unknown Gunmen, on Tuesday, kidnapped Madam Ogere Siasia, the mother of the current head coach of Nigeria’s U-23 football team, Samson Siasia.
According to reports, armed men stormed the family residence of the Siasia’s, at Odoni community of Sagama Local Council Area of Bayelsa State and forcefully took away the 72 year old woman on a motorcycle.
Confirming the incident, Bayelsa State Police Command spokesperson, ASP Ansinim Butswat, said that the matter has been reported, but details were still sketchy.
Speaking to newsmen on the incident, an agitated 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.”
The Nigerian Football Federation’s (NFF) president, Amaju Pinnick, in a swift reaction to the incident, appealed to the kidnappers to release Siasia’s mother.
The statement on the NFF website read, “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 Nations training 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.”