Seyi Olaoluwa, a daughter of Dr. Femi Omisore, one of the several persons kidnapped in Ekiti State, has debunked the story of the Police, regarding the release of the kidnap victims on Saturday. Olaoluwa specifically accused the Police, which claimed to have rescued the 10 victims freed on Saturday morning, of lying.
Omisore, a lecturer in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, was kidnapped penultimate Saturday on his way to Oye Ekiti, for a funeral ceremony. His driver was killed by the abductors while the hoodlums shot at the fuel tank of the car until the car went up in flames.
A version of the release of the kidnappers have said the Vigilance group in Esure Ekiti rescued the victims while the police, through their Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, claimed to have rescued the victims while an unspecified number of the kidnappers were arrested.
Olaoluwa, who spoke to our correspondent on the telephone on Saturday, denied that the victims, including his father, were released by the kidnappers after the relations of all the victims had paid the specified amount of ransom charged by the kidnappers. She said, “It’s a lie. They were not rescued by anybody. The vigilantes did not rescue them; we paid ransom. Everybody paid ransom before they were released.
“We paid ransom on Wednesday. My bother was the one that took the ransom to Benin Road. The people said we should come to Akure. When they got Akure, they asked them to come towards Benin Road. They used the phone to trail them until they got to somewhere nearly Benin.
“They directed them towards a forest before Benin, where they showed them the money some of the victims’ relations had paid. They were so confident that they said every body must pay before the victims would be released. We paid our own on Wednesday. “So, I believe that it was when all the relations of the victims had paid that they decided to release them. For the police to claim to have released them is not true.”
Olaoluwa did not however specify how much was paid for Omisore’s release.