ADC’S Gboyega Isi­aka is Ogun next gov­er­nor

–Obasanjo

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - PETER DADA

THE ab­ducted Se­na­to­rial Can­di­date of the African Demo­cratic Con­gress for Ondo North Se­na­to­rial Dis­trict, Mr Jide Ipin­sagba, and other vic­tims re­gained their free­dom on Satur­day.

Ipin­sagba along with the state Chair­man of the party, Mr Bisi Ogungbemi, Mrs Funmi Abra­ham, Idowu Adeleke and Moses Ubi, was kid­napped by some un­known gun­men four days ago on Owo-ikare Ex­pess­way at Ajayi Vil­lage in Akoko South West Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state, while head­ing for Akure from Ikare Akoko.

It was gath­ered that be­fore the re­lease of the vic­tims, their fam­i­lies had paid a sum of N15m ran­som to the ab­duc­tors .

A fam­ily source, who con­firmed the de­vel­op­ment, ex­plained that the ran­som was paid for the five vic­tims at N3m on each of the vic­tims.

The source said the kid­nap­pers ini­tially in­sisted on col­lect­ing N20m for each of the vic­tims but later re­duced it to N3m.

Nar­rat­ing his or­deal at the kid­nap­pers’ cap­tiv­ity, Ipin­sagba said the four days he spent with them was like a hell as they were made to live like an­i­mals in the for­est.

He said, “The four other vic­tims and I were made to trek for about four hours in the for­est be­fore we reached the den of the kid­nap­pers.

“For the days we were with the kid­nap­pers, we were fed with gari and wa­ter.”

Ipin­sagba, who nar­rated that the kid­nap­pers were speak­ing Hausa lan­guage, said they slept on the bare floor for the days they spent with them.

He how­ever said they were re­leased around mid­night on Fri­day and got to Akure by 2am on Satur­day.

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