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A DAY AFTER BEING FREED BY KIDNAPPERS, EX-FERMA ENGINEER DIES

One of the five persons kidnapped recently in Kwara State, Ayodele Alabi, who was released from captivity by the abductors after ransom was paid on Thursday, is dead.

Alabi spent six days in captivity before the payment of N4.5m ransom was paid.

He was reported to have died in the early hours of Friday in a hospital in Ilorin of the trauma and injuries he sustained while being tortured by the abductors.

Alabi was kidnapped in a Toyota Sienna commercial vehicle between Oke-Onigbin and Omu-Aran in the Irepodun Local Government Area of the state by gunmen on Saturday, August 7, 2021 alongside four others.

A member of his family told newsmen that he was tortured, his foot nails pulled off and made to walk long distance and that contributed to the condition he was in after his release.

“It is unfortunate that Ayodele died after the family paid a ransom of N4.5m to the kidnappers, who tortured him to the extent of removing his foot nail. “After his release, he and two other captives, who are natives of Offa and who also paid ransom of N2m each, trekked about 11 kilometres in the bush before they came out in Oko in the Irepodun Local Government Area of the state on Thursday night.

“It is unfortunate that the Police are claiming that the victims were released through their efforts; I can tell you how the families of the three victims negotiated to reduce the ransom from the N30m demanded by the kidnappers and paid them the agreed amounts. The Police did not play any role in their freedom.

“Ayodele was kidnapped alongside his elder brother, who was abandoned and left behind when he couldn’t continue the journey as a result of exhaustion, and after regaining strength, he walked out of the bush on Sunday.”

Alabi, retired as an engineer with the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, (FERMA) will be buried in Ilorin next week Monday.

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