Ondo ab­duc­tion: Kid­nap­pers re­lease preg­nant doc­tor after col­lect­ing ran­som

The Punch - - METRO - Peter Dada, Akure

ABOUT 24 hours after five peo­ple were abducted on the Akure-owo Ex­press­way in Ondo State, one of the vic­tims was re­port­edly re­leased on Thurs­day morn­ing.

Five staff mem­bers of the Fed­eral Med­i­cal Cen­tre and the Ru­fus Giwa Polytech­nic, both in Owo, were on Tues­day evening abducted by some gun­men at Amurin vil­lage on the Akure-owo Ex­press­way in the Owo Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state.

Two of the vic­tims are lec­tur­ers at the polytech­nic, while the oth­ers are nurses and a doc­tor at the FMC.

The kid­nap­pers were sus­pected to be Fu­lani herds­men and dressed in mo­bile po­lice uni­form.

It was learnt that they stopped the ve­hi­cle con­vey­ing the vic­tims by dis­guis­ing as po­lice­men at a check­point.

How­ever, the doc­tor, who is said to be heav­ily preg­nant, re­gained her free­dom from the den of the kid­nap­pers on Thurs­day morn­ing.

A source at the FMC iden­ti­fied the preg­nant doc­tor as Jumoke Aiyeku, adding that an undis­closed amount of money was paid by her fam­ily to the hood­lums as ran­som be­fore she was re­leased.

The source said, “The abducted and re­leased doc­tor is the trea­surer of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Res­i­dent Doc­tors, FMC, Owo Branch.

“She was re­leased after a ran­som was paid; her re­lease was not free; but she is in a sta­ble con­di­tion now. Also, it may be her con­di­tion that per­suaded the ab­duc­tors to set her free. “

The state Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Mr Femi Joseph, how­ever, said ef­forts of the com­mand led to the re­lease of the vic­tim.

“Since the ab­duc­tion took place, our men have been at work, they haven’t slept. This was how they freed the vic­tim and no ran­som was paid,” Joseph stated.

It was also gath­ered that the kid­nap­pers had con­tacted the fam­i­lies of the re­main­ing vic­tims and de­manded N50m ran­som be­fore they would be re­leased.

• En­trance to Ru­fus Giwa Polytech­nic

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