The police in Bayelsa State have rescued Antonio Talbot the kidnaped six-year-old son of the State Commissioner for Water Resources, Nengi Talbot.
The boy was abducted on December 22 by four gunmen, who stormed the commissioner’s residence at the New Commissioners’ Quarters in Yenagoa.
The gunmen broke into Talbot’s house at the quarters located in Opolo, and demanded money from the commissioner, according to The Nation.
The assailants seized the boy and whisked him away to an unknown destination when the commissioner insisted he had no money.
It was, however, gathered that following the intervention of the special police crack team, ‘Operation Puff Adder,’ the boy was freed from the kidnappers’ den.
Uche Anozia, the Commissioner of Police, received the abducted victim at the command’s headquarters in Yenagoa.
He said the boy regained his freedom, following sustained efforts of the police, who were on the trail of the kidnappers.
Anozia said the kidnappers were moving the victim from one creek to another, adding that the police adopted high level of intelligence and professionalism to free the boy unhurt.
He said all the suspects involved in the crime were arrested, and would be prosecuted after further investigations.
Talbot, the father of the boy, described the experience as traumatic. He said the kidnappers initially demanded N50 million, but the police ensured no ransom was paid.