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4 lorry drivers regain freedom from kidnappers’ den

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The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the state police command, Okasanmi Ajayi said about their release on Wednesday: “Yes, they have been released by their abductors but I cannot give you further details now except I get to the office because I am on transit coming from Patigi local government area and the network is poor.

“But we are yet to make additional arrests from the two we already made and they are still under investigation”.

A family member of one of the kidnap victims also confirmed their release and the payment of an undisclosed sum of ransom.

The truck of the four tipper lorry drivers reportedly had battery problem on the site in the outskirt of Ilorin, the state capital, where they had sourced for sand.

According to sources, the drivers had gone to town to get a replacement for the battery, and were returning to the site later in the evening when they were ambushed and abducted by their attackers.

The victims, said to be members of the Oyun garage branch of the Association of Quarry and Sand Dealers, Ilorin, were allegedly abducted on Saturday by men dressed in military uniforms.

The kidnappers had contacted their families demanding a ransom of N5 million for each of them.

The victims’ wives, however, took to the street to solicit for alms from commuters and passersby to raise the N20 million ransom.

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