A former military governor of Osun State, Col. Theophilus Bamigboye (rtd) has confessed to paying a ransom to secure the release of his wife, Jumoke Bamigboye kidnapped by gunmen.
The victim, Mrs Bamigboye, who was kidnapped at Eiyenkorin, a suburb of Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State, was released Monday night by her abductors.
IsL source reports that Mrs Bamigboye, a Magistrate and member of Rotary Club International, was returning from her farm in Ilorin’s Oko-Olowo region, where she had gone to monitor garri processing for some clients when she was abducted by the gunmen.
The gunmen later contacted the victim’s family, demanding a ransom of N100 million.
“The victim’s release was later negotiated downward to N50m as at Monday evening,” a source told Leadership.
Colonel Bamigboye (rtd), acknowledging the release of his wife, he said: “She was set free and released last (Monday) night, we thank God for her safety but not without payment of ransom.”
However, the spokesman for the state police command, Ajayi Okasanmi, disclosed that three suspects had been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of Mrs Bamigboye.
Okasanmi was however reluctant to acknowledge whether a ransom was paid to the kidnappers before she was released.
“Yes, she has been released and three suspects were arrested and effort to get the remaining suspects is underway, please,” Okasanmi said.