By our correspondent in Ijebu-Ode
Mrs Hamdallah Ettu, the wife of a lecturer in the Department of Biology at the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu Ode, Mr AbdulAfuwu Ettu, who was abducted Friday night in Ijebu-Ode, has been released.
Mrs Ettu regained her freedom at about 8:30 pm when she was dropped by the kidnappers at Ikangba, about three kilometers from Ijebu-Ode.
A close family friend, Wasiu Gazali, told The Renaissance that following fruitful negotiations, the abductors had asked Mr Ettu to go to Omu to meet his wife.
”He quickly ran to Omu but waited til 7:30 pm without seeing her.
”At about 8:30 pm, Hamdallah called her husband from Ikangba, informing him of her release.
”She was promptly directed to take a commercial motorcycle (Okada) to the town.
”But rather than dropping the woman at her destination, the okada rider took her to Obalende Police Station, where she was asked to write statement.
”It took the intervention of the Police Area Commander to get her released following protest by the family,” the source narrated.
According to Gazali, the nursing mother, who was so weak because she had not eaten anything since she was kidnapped, has been rushed to a private clinic for treatment.
”The kidnappers threatened to kill her if the husband failed to pay the ransom of N20 million but he pleaded with them that his take-home-pay as a lecturer was not enough to meet their demand.
”They scared Ettu, informing him on Sunday that her wife had collapsed but he responded that he expected such, because his wife would never take any of their food, Gazali further said.
She reportedly fainted due to exhaustion and tiredness.
The Renaissance recalls that Hamdallah, a nursing mother and trader in food stuff, was returning home in Ososa after closing, when she was abducted at about 9.00pm on Friday.
According to eye witness, the kidnapper crossed her Mazda car, dragged her out of the car and abandoned her six month old baby in the car without taking any thing before abducting her.
Although the kidnappers demanded for a N20 million ransom, it was not clear the exact amount paid before the woman was released as the family kept mute over the ransom issue.
”We negotiated, we pleaded and we thank God that they have released her to us unhurt. We thank the general public, the police and the press for their efforts on this incident,” another family member, who pleaded anonymity, said.
DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, the Police Public Relation Officer for Ogun State Command, could not be reached for comment as several calls put through to him were not picked.