A brother of one of the closest associates of former vice president Atiku Abubakar, Umar Hammandikko who was kidnapped on August 25, 2019, has been released 10 days after his abduction, family sources told FOMBINATIMES reporter.
The kidnapped man, Umar Hammandikko is a younger brother to Jauro Turaki one of the closest allies of the former vice president.
He was reportedly abducted by five well-armed gunmen at Njoboli in Yola South local government of Adamawa State at about 11 pm on the fateful day and was released yesterday night (Wednesday) around 11:30 pm
Family sources told our reporter that the kidnappers have initially demanded a whooping N35 million ransom but they were told that the family could not raise such amount.
Although the source failed to tell our reporter the amount paid before the victim was released, he insisted that a huge amount was paid on the way to get freedom for the abductee.
“I can’t disclose how much was paid, but a huge amount was paid to get the victim out of the kidnappers’ den.
“After the ransom was paid, the kidnappers took him to one village Uki-Tuki few kilometers to Fufore town at about 11:30 pm yesterday (Wednesday) and released him.
“He trekked a long distance to the highway where he got some good Samaritans who assisted and took him home. He is now happily reunited with his family,” the source said.
Image maker of Adamawa State police command, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje confirmed the development noting that the police are on the trail of the suspects and will ensure that they are brought to book.