I paid $15,000 through bitcoin to secure my daughter’s release - Ardo
- The father of 24-year-old Aisha Ardo who was kidnapped in Asokoro area of Abuja has given details of his encounter with the kidnappers
- Umar Ardo said the kidnappers requested he pays $15,000 as a ransom for the release of Aisha
- According to Umar, the ransom was paid to the kidnappers through bitcoin payment
Umar Ardo, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has recounted his ordeal in the hands of kidnappers who abducted his daughter, Aisha, in Abuja.
Daily Trust reports that Ardo said he paid ($15,000) as a ransom for the release of Aisha.
Ardo said he was contacted through phone by one of the kidnappers at 9.56 am on Sunday, September 15.
He said the kidnapper who called him had assured him that his daughter will be released safely to him if he cooperated with his team.
“I then said okay I will cooperate and negotiate with you on one condition; that is if you give me two promises. One, that you will not harm my daughter, by which I meant you won’t kill her. Secondly, you will not molest my daughter by which I meant you won’t rape her," Ardo said.
He said after he gave the kidnapper his condition, he (the kidnapper) described him as a gentleman and promised to keep to their words.
“I then asked what would you want me to do in order to get back my daughter? He said you are going to pay us $15,000. If you cooperate with us your daughter would return to you but if you don’t cooperate with us you will never see her again alive," Ardo said.
The PDP chieftain said, keeping to their promise, the kidnappers called back at about 3 pm to request that he pays the required sum through bitcoin.
He said he was telling the kidnapper that he does not know how to do the bitcoin payment when they insisted that he must learn it.
He added that the caller said he would send their address for him to make the payment while reminding him that his daughter's life was on the line.
Ardo said: “Thank God I had the money in my domiciliary account. I got somebody who paid the money through the wallet account. Within an hour we sent the money and it generated payment evidence which I texted to him."
He said it was while he was waiting for their call that another call came into his phone at 10 pm and when he picked it he found out that it was his daughter, Aisha.
"She said she was at drumstick at Gwarimpa where I went with family members and picked her,” Ardo said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Adamawa politician had confirmed that his daughter kidnapped outside Blickers supermarket in Asokoro.
The kidnap of 24-year-old Aisha and some other residents of Abuja have since raised questions about the safety of the capital city of Nigeria.
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