By Rashidat Akashat
Three friends Veronica Otogo, Bisola Mohammed and damilola Oribuyaku, who were kidnapped around a dairy in Wuse II, Abuja, have been released after a ransom of millions of naira.
According to Punch Metro, the kidnappers who collected millions of naira, departed from the abducted friend along Kubuwa Road.
Mohammed was reported to have traveled from Lagos, where she lives, to visit her friend Veronica in Abuja.
Punch correspondence gathered that the 24-year-old celebrant Veronica and Mohammed had gone to Cold Stone Creamery on Friday, at Kumasi Cresent, Wuse II at about 6pm.
The Three Kidnapped On The Same Spot
They met Damilola Oribuyaku 29, at the same place before they were abducted.
Damiloa’s car was later found with a broken windscreen, which suggested that the triad must have been abducted on that spot.
According to Oribuyaku’s family friend, Alhaja Adeola Agoro, who had posted on facebook that the kidnappers requested $300, 000 ransom from the family,
wrote that“…The abductors are demanding $300,000. Engr. Oribuyaku is a hard-working man who has built his businesses with clean money. He doesn’t have that kind of money.
“Please, join us in praying for the safety of these young people in the hands of these criminals. May God let us find them alive and in one piece…” she wrote.
Jumoke, who had a chat with PUNCH Metro on Tuesday, explained that the victims called with their phones, which were given to them when they were released, adding that they were found by the roadside on Sunday.
She refuted the claim of the ransom announced by Adeola Agoro and refused to mention what was paid as ransom.
“Damilola is still in a hospital. He was not injured; he is having a checkup. He didn’t offend anybody. They (the kidnappers) were just looking for money,” she said.
Geraldine Otogo, who happens to be the one of the abductees and celebrants elder sister, confirmed that the abductors collected some money after releasing them and added that the Highlander Veronica drove on that day had not been found.
“They were found on Sunday and they are fine. They were dropped off along Kubwa Expressway.” She said.
“They kept on asking for money; nobody responded, and they could see there was so much pressure on them. They just released them, gave them money and let them go. For now, nobody has been arrested.” she added.
Meanwhile Geraldine did not grant the request to speak with the friends when she was initially called but promised to allow them talk after two hours, which was impossible because her number was unavailable.
Also, the Police Public Relations Officer for the FCT Command, ASP Anjuguri Menzah, has not responded to any message regarding the case.