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Bandits release kidnapped Abuja lady after ransom payment…five still in custody

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Two of the seven victims kidnapped at last Tuesday night’s attack on Kubwa extension II Relocation Estate along Arab Road area of  Abuja have been released by bandits after ransom.

The freed victim, Adenike, is an ex-corps member, who completed the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme in November.

The second victim is a cleric identified as Pastor Timothy.

Findings showed that an undisclosed sum was paid to the bandits to effect Adenike and Timothy’s release from their den.

Adenike and Pastor Timothy were kidnapped at their family home on Tuesday with five others during an attack that lasted about an hour, leaving two male adults killed.

The five other victims still in the kidnappers’ den are two male children, an older woman, and two male adults.

According to reports, the bandits demanded N100m ransom for Adenike, and N60 million for the second lady.

A source confirmed the payment of the ransom.

Confirming the development on Monday, Chairman of the community, Alhaji Saidu, told our correspondent the two were released but cannot confirm if ransom was paid to the bandits.

He said: ” Adenike and Pastor Timothy have been released. They are fine and others are still with the bandits.

“I cannot tell you if any ransom was paid but all I know is that two of the seven people have been released”.

A family source who pleaded anonymity also confirmed the development when contacted by our correspondent.

The source said: “It is true that Adenike has been released and she’s now home with the family”.

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