Ogun State Police Command has confirmed the release of a visually impaired lady, Hannah Opeyemi, by her abductors 11 days after.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this through a phone conversation with our correspondent on Monday.
The lady was abducted last week Friday, during an attack on a legal practitioner, Sanni Boladale, in front of his house at Soyoye, Abeokuta.
She was taken away after they failed to abduct the lawyer who was said to be their target.
Eleven days after, the kidnappers, however, were freed on Sunday evening after some amount of money was reportedly paid as ransom.
When asked to confirm the release of the victim, Oyeyemi said she was released by her abductors. He however denied payment of ransom to the kidnappers.
Oyeyemi said, “yes, she has been released. We have said that the command would not be part of any arrangement of ransom payment.
“Police will never be part of the payment of ransom. We will get the perpetrators soon. We have got some clues about the kidnappers. They would soon be arrested and paraded.
Our correspondent gathered that over N2 million was paid to the kidnappers as ransom before the lady was released.
The lawyer when contacted said Opeyemi has been released to the family by her abductors. Boladale said Opeyemi was released on Sunday evening. He said the victim was neither abused nor maltreated, considering the appearance of the victim after she was released. He said “thank God she has been released.
“With the way she appeared, she didn’t have any sign of abuse or harm. They were not cruel to her, apart from the fact that she had walked parts of Ogun State.”