Gunmen are said to have kidnapped an Inspector of Police and two other worshippers from a mosque in Soyoye, Abeokuta North Local Government Area, Ogun State.
Inspector Kamarudeen Bello, a police officer who is also the Mosque’s Chief Imam, was kidnapped last week.
In Abeokuta, the state capital of Ogun, the officer is assigned to one of the divisional police headquarters.
Bello’s wife had given birth to a kid four days prior to the incident, according to reports.
According to a source, the abductors had called the victims’ families and demanded a ransom of N5 million for each of them.
“The phone number of one of the kidnapped victims was contacted with the wife of Inspector Kamarudeen,” the source stated.
However, it was learned on Sunday that the police officer and the other victims were released after the ransom was paid.
“I don’t know how much each of them paid,” a source added, “but I believe the police Inspector paid around N700,000 before he was released.”
When contacted, Abimbola Oyeyemi, a police spokesman, confirmed the victims’ kidnapping and release on Sunday.
Oyeyemi, on the other hand, stated he had no idea if a ransom had been paid.
He went on to say that the police will not back down in their efforts to apprehend kidnappers and other criminals terrorizing the state.