Kidnappers release Osun abductees after N10m ransom payment


Two members of Osun Baptist Conference held while delivering ransom to abductors in a community in Kogi State have regained freedom.

The two persons had gone to deliver N6m to secure the release of Samuel Oladotun and Fashola Tobiloba kidnapped in Ileogbo town to the abductors, when they were also held and fresh N24m ransom demanded.

But a letter obtained in Osogbo on Friday signed by Dr. Paul Kolawole, the President of Osun Baptist Conference, and addressed to Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke, indicated that the last two victims were released on Friday.

The letter thanked Adeleke for his intervention, and said a sum of N10m was paid for the release of all the victims.

It further read in parts, “It is interesting to inform your Excellency that two people were released on the 17th, while the last two were just released today, Friday, 20th of January, 2023, even though with cumulative payment of ransoms of N10m.

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Giving further insight into how the victims were released, a close family source, who preferred anonymity, said the abductors freed them in a community in Kogi State on Friday, after payment of N4m.

Meanwhile, the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company said two vandals who specialised in stealing electrical installations within communities in Anambra and Abia states have been arrested.

The Head, Corporate Communications of EEDC, Mr Emeka Ezeh, who confirmed the development in Enugu on Friday, to the News Agency of Nigeria, commended the efforts of various vigilance groups in communities within the South-East.

Ezeh added that there were indications that efforts by the EEDC in curbing activities of vandals across its network through the effective engagement of its stakeholders were yielding the desired results.

According to him, the call for residents to ensure that activities of vandals are reduced drastically is yielding positive results, as it is evident that most communities are now more vigilant in protecting the electrical installations within their domain. ,

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