Three days after her abduction, Ebunoluwa Fagbemi, the wife of the General Secretary of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Venerable Ayodeji Fagbemi has been released.
The 48-year-old woman was said to have been released by her abductors in Ikire, the headquarters of the Irewole Local Government Area of Osun State on Thursday.
Mrs Fagbemi, a teacher in one of the public secondary schools in Akure, was kidnapped on Monday night at her residence at Oba Ile Akure in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.
A source close to the family disclosed that a ransom was paid before the victim was released.
But the husband of the victim, Venerable Fagbemi had earlier informed that the kidnappers contacted the family on the telephone and demanded for a sum of 20million Naira as ransom and the family had no such money.
According to the source, the abductors released the victim but they were yet to release the Toyota Jeep in which the victim was taken away.
The source said, “Mrs Fagbemi has been released in Ikire. I know a ransom was paid but I can’t tell you the amount that was paid as ransom. The family members had gone to bring her down to Akure.
“Though the woman has been released but the Toyota Jeep that was taken away with her has not been released. The kidnappers told the family that they would release it at a Police station. But up till now (Thursday), the jeep is still with them. ”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Femi Joseph confirmed the release of the woman but said he was yet to get the details of the matter as at the press time.
Joseph said: “We learnt that she has been released but we are still after the hoodlums, releasing the victim has not stopped us from getting the abductors. But we are yet to arrest anybody for now.”
All efforts to contact the husband, Venerable Fagbemi failed as his telephone line was switched off as at the time of filing this report.