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Kidnapped Osun officials regain freedom



Kidnapped Osun officials regain freedom

The three Ogun State Government Officials kidnapped in Kogi State on Friday regained freedom on Sunday.

The civil servants, who were released on Sunday evening, are however still with security operatives in the Kogio State capital, Lokoja and may not re-join their families until Monday in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

The officials, the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Finance, Mrs Adebimpe Ogunlumade; Director, State Audit, Mr. Tajudeen Badejoko, and their driver, Mr. Oladapo Arogundade were abducted between Lokoja and Obajana in Kogis State on Friday by unknown gunmen while returning from an official assignment in Abuja at about 1.30pm.

The news about their release was confirmed by the Head of Service of the Osun State Government, Mr. Sunday Owoeye, through a text message.

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The HOS text read,” Yes, they were released unharmed this evening and a public announcement is being made on it. They are yet to be in Osogbo.”

The media aide to Osun State Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, also confirmed the release of the three officials.

He said: “It is true that the three of them have regain their freedom. That is all the information I have for now. They are still in Kogi State with security operatives.

“The head of service spoke with the three of them after they regained their freedom.”

Though it is not yet clear if any ransom was paid for their release, but there were unconfirmed reports that the abductors had demanded for a N50 million ransom.





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