N50m ransom was paid to secure my release - Bauchi governor's brother says
- The kidnapped brother of Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state has revealed how much was paid as ransom to secure his freedom
- The governor's brother, Alhaji Adamu Mohammed Duguri, said N50 million was paid to the abductors
- Mohammed's older brother regained his freedom after spending almost two weeks with his abductors
Alhaji Adamu Mohammed Duguri, an elder brother to the Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed, has revealed that the sum of N50 million was paid as ransom to secure his release, The Nation reports.
The retired customs officer who spent thirteen days with the abductors in captivity disclosed that security agents had no hand in his release.
The 65-year-old revealed that the kidnapper who took him initially asked for N350 million as ransom before settling for N50 million.
According to him, his abductors who are well educated and coordinated can not be traced by security agents.
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Duguri said: “They said they had not kidnapped somebody as big as l am. They demanded N350 million. We gave them the ransom but it was about N50 million.”
It would be recalled that Governor Mohammed's older brother who was abducted finally regained his freedom after spending almost two weeks in captivity.
Mukhtar Gidado, the senior special assistant on media to the Bauchi state governor, revealed this on Tuesday, April 7.
According to the aide, Governor Mohammed's brother was freed by the abductors at about 8pm and has since reunited with his family.
Though a cash reward of two million naira for information about the whereabouts of the governor's brother was offered by the family, the circumstances leading to his release was not disclosed.
The governor's elder brother was kidnapped on the evening of Wednesday, March 25, around 7.30pm at Anguwar Jaki in Bauchi metropolis.
The victim was whisked away a day after the Bauchi state governor tested positive for coronavirus.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the governor of Bauchi on Saturday, April 11, recounted his experience at the isolation centre where he received treatment after testing positive for coronavirus.
Governor Mohammed told journalists at the government house that serving his stay and regaining full recovery from the pandemic were serious ordeals for him. The governor categorically said that he went through hell while in isolation for treatment.
He recalled: “This disease that I was infected with is a terrible experience. I went through hell while in isolation for treatment, I felt like I was alone...''
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