By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The eight staff of West African Ceramic Company kidnapped at Emiworo along Ajaokuta -Lokoja road in Kogi State last week have been released by their abductors.
The State Police Command had claimed that only six persons were kidnapped last Wednesday morning.
A family member of one of the kidnapped victims, who spoke to journalists but did not want his name mentioned, said the kidnappers later reduced the ransom demand to about N1 millio for each of the victims.
The source, however, said they couldn’t afford the amount requested by the criminal syndicates, hence, they were told to bring some amount of money to secure their release.
“They called us, and they told us to bring N1million so that we can secure the release my brother. We begged them that we can’t afford such an amount of money, simply because we are from a poor family.
“Later, they said they would send account number so that we would send whatever we have to them. But they later changed their minds that we should bring the money in cash. We thank God that our brother has been released, ” the source narrated.
Confirming their release to newsmen on Thursday, the Police Public Relations Officer in Kogi State, (PPRO), William Aya told our correspondent that the victims were released through combined efforts of security agencies in the state.
He, however, debunks the insinuations that ransom was paid to effect the release of the victims.
His words “The victims were rescued unhurt from the hand of their abductors through the effort of the Police, local vigilantes, hunters and many more.
“We are not aware of any ransom paid to the kidnappers. Our officers comb the bush to secure the release of the ceramic workers.”