Kidnapped Ekiti retiree regains freedom after paying N4.5m ransom

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Chief Israel Bamisaye, a retired chief pharmacist with the Ekiti Ministry of Health, was taken hostage on Thursday and has since been released.

Bamisaye was kidnapped in Orin Ekiti, Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State. On Saturday, a family source in the area confirmed to journalists that the victim paid an N4.5 million ransom to be set free.

According to reports, Bamisaye was abducted by seven armed men while walking along his farm between the Ero Dam and the Ekiti State Farm Settlement in Orin Ekiti, Ido/Osi Local Government Area.

The retiree was abducted at his farm around 4 o’clock.

“The Pharmacist paid N4.5m ransom,” the source claimed. It was negotiated to that level from the initial amount of N10m.

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The man was released around 10 o’clock on Friday night, according to DSP Sunday Abutu, the Police Public Relations Officer for the Ekiti Command, who confirmed his release.

At Obbo Ayegunle, a border town in Kwara State, Abutu claimed the kidnap victim had been freed.

At Obbo Ayegunle in Kwara State, he was set free. Before he was found, our men, local hunters, and agents from Amotekun spent more than 27 hours searching inside the bush.

“Our people would need to be concerned about security. The first step in getting rid of criminals is to do that.

We can’t do it alone, so they should also provide the police and other security agencies with useful information that we can use, said Abutu.

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