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Kidnapped PDP scribe’s son freed

By Demola Akinyemi, Ilorin

THE kidnappers, who  at gun point seized, Biodun, the son of the national secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraju, in Ilorin, last Thursday night, and demanded a ransom of N100 million, released him Friday, at about 9 p.m.

Kwara State commissioner of Police, Alhaji Mamman Sule, confirmed the development yesterday, stressing that no ransom was paid before the boy was released.

The police boss, speaking on how the kidnappers released the PDP chieftain’s son, explained that the command had immediately after the abduction notified the Anti-Robbery Department, Criminal Intelligence Bureau and other relevant departments within the state command which promptly swung into action.

Sule’s words, “Yes, he was released yesterday (Friday) at around 9 p.m. But I can confirm that no ransom was paid. In the course of interactions with the kidnappers, we discovered they were using a line by one of the network operators, so we went to confirm from the network which area they were calling from.

“We mounted surveillance in the area. I am sure it was the pressure from the knowledge that our men were keeping vigil around the area that made them release him’’.
Sule said at the time the victim was released, he was hale and healthy and sustained no injury.

“The kidnappers dropped him (Biodun) down along Tanke junction, Ilorin  and later drove away without fulfilling their demand”, the police commissioner said.

The police boss  warned that, it was high time the politicians were wary of the kind of people they worked with in order to avoid recurrence.


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