The three officials of the Osun State Government that were kidnapped in Kogi on their way from Abuja have been rescued unhurt. They were abducted around 1pm last Friday.
The three officials, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Mrs. Adebimpe Ogunlade, a director in the ministry, Tajudeen Badejoko and their driver, Mr. Oadapo Arogundade, are safe and sound.
They were released on Sunday, April 24, 2016 and were seen with security officials in Kogi State. It was learnt that they will be returning to Oshogbo, the Osun State on Monday.
Osun State Head of Service, Sunday Owoeye, confirmed their release to journalists in Oshogbo in a text message.
The HOS text read, ”Yes, they were released unharmed this evening and a public announcement is being made on it. They are yet to be in Osogbo.”
The media aide to Osun State Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, also confirmed the release of the three officials in a telephone chat.
It was, however, not clear if any ransom was paid for the release of the officials but there were unconfirmed reports that the kidnappers demanded N50 million as ransom.