The eight staff of West Africa Ceramic Company in Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi State who were kidnapped have been released by their abductors.
Recall that the workers were kidnapped at the Emiworo axis of the local government while loading stones in a truck to be delivered to the company.
Following the abduction, the kidnappers had demanded for N40 million ransom.
However, a family member of one of the victims who spoke under the condition of anonymity said the abductors later reduced the ransom to about 1 million Naira per head.
Later, the source said they couldn’t afford the amount requested by the criminal syndicates, hence, they were told to bring some amount of money to secure their release.
“They called us, and they told us to bring N1Million so that we can release my brother. We begged them that we can’t afford such an amount of money, simply because we are from a poor family.
“Later, they said they would send an account number so that we would send whatever we are having to them. But they later changed their minds that we should bring the money in cash. We thank God that our brother has been released,” the source narrated.
Confirming the release, the Police Public Relations Officer of in Kogi, DSP Williams Aya denied any ransom payment, and stated that the victims were released through combined efforts of security agencies in the state.