We Paid a Ransom to Get My Wife Released- Oyo APC Youth Leader

All Progressives Congress Youth Leader in Oyo State, Honourable Isiaka Salawu-Areokuta has disclosed that a ransom was paid before his kidnapped wife was released by her abductors, expressing his joy and relief at her safe return to him.

His wife, Dr. Aderike Oni-Salawu was abducted on May 23, 2021 at Aromolaran, Old Ife Road Ibadan by armed men who waylaid them on their way back from work together and kidnapped her, leaving him behind.

He said that she was abducted for eight days and her abductors moved her regularly, keeping her blindfolded so she wouldn’t know where they took her.

The APC Caretaker Committee Youth Leader expressed his mixed feelings over the incident when talking to the press, stating his joy at her return and his anger that somebody would make a member of his family a target for abduction. He also described the experience as “the most agonizing experience of my life which no sane human being should wish for his worst enemy”

In his words: “It is only my wife who could explain the hell she went through in the hands of the kidnappers but I can tell you that it was God that saved. She told us that they kept threatening her but in the end, no physical injury was inflicted on her. We paid ransom but for certain reasons, I will not disclose the exact amount. We borrowed money to meet up with their ransom demand but we are trusting God for everything.”

“However, it is very important for me to express my profound gratitude to everybody in the society who showed concern and also played key role during the period.”

“Specifically, I must appreciate security agencies (particularly the State Police Command and the DSS), family members, friends, political associates (especially leaders and members of the APC in Oyo state and beyond), eminent religious leaders, business partners, journalists and media Organizations as well as members of the public who stood by my family throughout the period.”

“All I want to say here is that the current security challenges we are facing in the society should not be handled with levity as the situation is degenerating every day. Government at all levels must redouble their efforts and ensure that no stone is left unturned to find a lasting solution to the problem. Also, every member of the society should play their parts to assist security agencies in the task of keeping the society safe at all times.” he concluded.

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