Siasia’s mother regains freedom from kidnappers

Samson Siasia

Abducted mother of former Nigeria coach and player, Samson Siasia, has been released after almost three months in captivity.

Mrs Ogere Siasia and two others were seized in Odoni, Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on July 15.

Premium Times reported a source as saying that N15million was paid as ransom to secure Madam Siasia’s release.


Samson Siasia, who had pleaded for help last week, told the BBC he was ‘relieved’ that his mother had been released safely.

“It’s been really tough but I’m pretty relieved that she’s finally released on Sunday morning,” he told BBC Sport.

“I can only thank Nigerians and everyone involved in the safe return of my mother.

“She’s old and in poor health right now. I pray no one has to go through this emotional trauma.”


This is the second time in four years that the 76-year-old will be kidnapped.

She was abducted in November 2015 by three men on a motorbike in the same village.