Two days after he was abducted by yet-to-be identified gunmen who kidnapped him at his Shiye village home, located at Bunkure local government area, the Secretary of the Kano State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Alhaji Uba Muhammad has been released.
His release was made public by the Public Relations Officer of the Kano State Police, Mr. Magaji Majiya, who confirmed the development in an interview with newsmen in Kano on Tuesday.
According to Mr. Majiya, the Kano SUBEB official was freed from captivity by the kidnap-syndicate late on March 5 after spending two days in the den of his abductors.
“We cannot confirm whether ransom was paid or not because I don’t have details of the release of the victim,” Majiya said. But speaking to pressmen on the release, Mrs. Amina Umar, Director of Social Mobilisation at SUBEB headquarters in Kano, said the secretary was now at his home town and that he was in good health.
“As I am talking to you now, the secretary is with his family at Shiye Village in the Bunkure Local Government Area of Kano State. “We thank everyone, especially well-wishers for all the effort and concern shown during the trying moment,” Umar said.
However, a source close to the freed SUBEB official who pleaded anonymity revealed that the victim paid; “a little below N5 million before he was released by the kidnappers.
“You know initially, they demanded N20 million ransom but his family was able to negotiate with the kidnappers and they paid a little below N5 million,” the source added.
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