Abaa, Ogbomoso kidnapping: We can’t raise N50m ransom – Family cries out

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Abaa, Ogbomoso kidnapping: We can’t raise N50m ransom – Family cries out

Khalid ABRAHAM

The family of one of the victims of the Abaa, Ogbomoso, kidnapping incident, has cried out they couldn’t raise the N50m ransom the kidnappers insisted on.

According to a family source the kidnappers initially demanded a ransom of N100m but later reduced it to N60m and after intense negotiations, cut it to N50m.

“They are adamant they won’t go lower,” the source bemoaned.

“How do we come up with N50m? We have exhausted all avenues, yet what we have come up with is a far cry from that amount.”

Another source of concern meanwhile is that the man, Oluwagbemiga Owolabi, who owns the hotel from where he was abducted along with a staff member, Rachael Opadele, a final year student at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, on Thursday night, suffers from elevated blood pressure, which makes him to be on prophylactic drugs.

He was said to have just returned from his base in the US when the marauders stormed his hotel while the other victim, resorted to working in the hotel as a result of the protracted industrial strike embarked upon by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which is now in its 6th month. She reportedly lost her father about three months ago.

When asked whether the government or security agents are in contact with the family concerning the matter the source asserted “no,” regretting, “We are on our own. I am not aware we had any contact from any quarter other than the kidnappers.”

The abductors are said to have been communicating in “pidgin English” but it is believed the group is made up of Yoruba and Fulani elements.

 

 

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