Kidnapping

Kidnapped Kogi oil merchant regains freedom after two months

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The owner of Always Petroleum and Energy Services Limited, Alhaji Mohammed Jamiu, has regained his freedom after two months in captivity.

Jamiu was kidnapped on July 9, 2022, at his residence located at Idare quarters in Okene Local Government Area of Kogi state.

The kidnappers, numbering four, entered the house posing as business associates shortly after Jamiu returned from Eid praying ground in Okene town.

A family source who never wanted his name to be mentioned said the oil mogul was released on Thursday night.

According to the source, the family paid ransom before they could secure the release of their brother.

“They just release our brother Alhaji Mohammed Jamiu Idris. We have been praying for over two months to see this come to pass. Even though we paid ransom for his release, we thank Almighty Allah that he came back alive” the source said.

The PUNCH reports that this is not the first time that the oil mogul has been kidnapped as he had suffered a similar fate in 2019 when he was abducted in one of his filling stations in Okene.

He was however rescued by military officials after a few days in captivity.

The military lost one of their officers while one of the kidnappers was also killed during the rescue operation.

He was not, however, so lucky this time around as his abductors insisted on collecting two ransoms.

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