A Bayelsa night club owner identified as Tari Ajanami who was reportedly abducted by kidnappers has been released, with his abductors deciding to hold on to his wife and father who went to deliver the ransom.
1st News reports that Ajanami was kidnapped on Wednesday July 28, 2021.
The night club entrepreneur, who doubles as a bank cashier, was abducted from his building project site; located around Otiotio Road in the Yenizue-Gene area of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital. Subsequently, his family had rallied to raise the sum of N15m. The ransome was hand-delivered to the abductors on Thursday, August 5, 2021.
However, sources familiar with the matter disclosed that the kidnappers had allegedly complained that the ransom was less than what was demanded. They claimed that they had insisted on the sum of N200m for the release of Ajanami. Consequently, the sources revealed that the kidnappers had detained Ajanami’s wife and her father due to the shortfall.
The wife, 38, was identified as Christiana while her father is 75 years old.
Further, the sources reveal that the latest abduction occurred in Ahoada; headquarters of the Ahoada-East Local Government Area of Rivers State; specifically, at an exchange point where Ajanami was set free. In addition, the sources say the family did not involve security agencies in the ransom payment; adding that this was based on warning from the kidnappers.
A source, who lamented the development, expressed worry over the health of Ajanami’s wife; who he revealed was hypertensive and on drugs. He added that she had, however, not gone with her drugs to the exchange point where she was seized alongside her father.
The source, who pleaded for the release of the two victims, was quoted as saying: He said: “We are waiting to hear from the kidnappers. We learnt their Satellite Mobile Phone gadget fell into the water during the ransom exchange.
“You know N15m was taken to the ransom exchange point. The kidnappers collected the money and maybe held unto the wife and her father in order to demand for more money from the victim. We plead with the kidnappers to tamper justice with mercy.”
Efforts to get the reaction of the Bayelsa State Police Command on the matter were not fruitful as at press time; with calls to the lines of the Command’s Public Relations Officer not getting through.kidnapper