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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Kidnappers of Osun Speaker's wife demand 200 million naira ransome

Speaker, Najeem Salaam

Less than 24 hours after the kidnap of  Muiba,  wife of the Osun State House of Assembly Speaker, Mr. Najeem Salaam, her  abductors have demanded N200m ransom for her release.

A source told a Punch Newspaper Correspondent in Osogbo, the state capital that the suspected kidnappers  phoned the Speaker on Wednesday to make the demand.

It was learnt that the hoodlums assured him that his wife would be released as soon as the money was paid.

Investigation also showed that the suspects told  Salaam to call them back between 11am and 12 noon  on Wednesday, assuring him  that his wife was in safe hands.

The Speaker however said he would not comment publicly on the matter.

Speaking to the Punch he said, “People have been telling me about N200m ransom; you know, people would come up with various versions but I’ve not been contacted by the kidnappers.”

Meanwhile, investigation  has revealed that the six-man  gang trailed  Muiba, who is in her 40s, from her shop in Olota’s compound to the Speaker’s residence in Oke Oyo area.

Accoirding to reports, she was driving home in a Honda car with the state House of Assembly number plate when she noticed the suspicious movement behind her car.

She quickly  alighted at the front of her house and made a dash into the compound but the gunmen caught up with her and forced her into their waiting car before speeding off.

The state House of Assembly has described the kidnap as “strange, barbaric and criminal”.

A statement by the Press Secretary to the Speaker, Mr Goke Butikakuro, said the incident might be aimed at disrupting the peace  in the  state.

Source:  Punch

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