Alhaji Mohammed Jamiu, a businessman who had been held captive for over two months, has been released.
Jamiu was kidnapped on July 9, 2022, at his home in Idare Quarters, Okene Local Government Area, Kogi State, during the Sallah celebration.
His kidnappers entered his home shortly after he returned from Eid praying grounds, posing as business associates.
The victim was released on Thursday night, according to a source.
Though the ransom paid before his release is unknown, a reasonable sum was paid to the kidnappers, according to the source.
“They just released our brother, Alhaji Mohammed Jamiu Idris,” the source said. We have been praying for over two months to see that this come to pass. Even though we paid ransom for his release, we thank Almighty Allah that he came back alive.”
According to the source, Jamiu, the owner of Always Petroleum and Energy Service Limited, has had previous run-ins with kidnappers.
He was kidnapped in Okene in 2019 in one of his fuel stations, but was rescued by military operatives after a few days in captivity, with one officer and kidnapper killed in the encounter.