- The Nasarawa state police command has confirmed the release of Hon. Lawal Yakubu, the state commissioner for information, culture, and tourism
- Mr. Yakubu was captured by some notorious gunmen in front of his residence on his way back from work
- The abductors before his release had demanded and insisted on an N100million ransom but were offered N3.5 million by the family of the abducted
The high-profile commissioner who was kidnapped on his way back from work in form of his residence on Monday, August 8 regained freedom after over two weeks in the kidnapper's den.
As gathered by Legit.ng, the Hon. Yakubu was granted freedom at about 5:30 pm on Friday, August 19.
Abductors demand N100m ransom
However, it is not certain if a ransom was paid to ensure his release but Legit.ng gathered that the kidnappers had demanded N100 million for his released.
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The sum of N3.5 million was reported to have been offered by the family but was vehemently rejected by Hon. Yakubu's abductors were hell-bent on the N100 million ransom.
Recall that Legit.ng had reported earlier that Hon. Yakubu was captured by the abductors in front of his residence in Eggon local government area after he was reported to have been traced from his office in the state capital of Lafia.
Meanwhile, the state police command spokesperson, DSP Ramhan Nansel confirmed the release of the commissioner but maintained that no ransom was paid for his freedom.
Finally, kidnappers contacts family of abducted high-profile commissioner
Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that, the kidnap of the commissioner for information in Nasarawa state has taken a wild turn after the abductors made an outrageous demand.
The kidnappers demanded that the relatives, friends, and associates of the abducted government official pay the sum of N100 million as a ransom for his release.
The Nigeria police have, however, said that its personnel is working round the clock to ensure the rescue of the commissioner.
Panic in Nasarawa as gunmen invade school, kill teacher
In another related report, a secondary school tutor, Auta Nasela of the Government Science Secondary School, Nasarawa Eggon in Nasarawa state has been killed.'
Nasela was killed by some gunmen who reportedly invaded the school premises on Sunday, August 14.
The police in the state have, however, described the incidents as an armed robbery attack while vowing to apprehend the criminals.