The kidnap saga affecting the mother of under-23 national team coach, Samson Yebowei Siasia conti...
The kidnap saga affecting the mother of under-23 national team coach, Samson Yebowei Siasia continued into late Monday, with the abductors now apparently resorting to a waiting game with the ex-international player’s family, as they put a pause on the previous line of communication between them.
This was disclosed to SportsDay by a younger brother of the former Super Eagles star, Dennis Siasia, who revealed during a chat on telephone that the kidnappers did not make any contact with the family all through Sunday and into the early hours of Monday.
Dennis Siasia said the sudden silence by the kidnappers was a surprise, as it was in contrast with the initial manner in which the abductors had communicated with the family almost every hour, up till Saturday.
He admitted that the last time they spoke the Siasia family offered to pay N600,000 to effect immediate release of their mother, but says the kidnappers were insistent on getting nothing less than N5m or they would bury the septuagenarian alive.
The waiting game continued into late Monday, as Dennis said he felt certain they would call and pass on an amendment to their demands.
“Something told me they would call on Monday, maybe early in the day or late at night,” he stated, “because they did not get across all through Sunday, which I felt was unusual.
“In any case, I was able to speak with mama the day before yesterday (Saturday), and she told us not to worry. Although she said the condition she is in is not that comfortable, she told us not to worry because she is okay.
“I just hope they will call again and maybe we can reach an agreement on paying them N600,000. They are insisting on N5m and even told us that we are not serious to be talking about N200,000 for the ransom. “
Independent checks by SportsDay, however, indicate that the kidnappers might have opted for a cautious approach to their communication link due to fears of getting caught by security operatives who have been on their trail since the abduction was committed.