Mrs Lola Adesiyan, wife of the immediate past Minister of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan, was kidnapped in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, last week.
The middle-aged woman, who was quietly abducted by unknown gunmen at her Bodija shop at about 4:00 pm on January 6, was however, released last Saturday, after spending three days in kidnappers’ den.
It was leant that the kidnapers seized the trader in spite of the huge population of traders and shoppers in the city’s major market. She sells assorted wine in both wholesale and retail at a large shop in the popular Bodija market.
The market is famous for raw food, meat, household items, assorted drinks and planks.
A source told Newspeakonline that the woman was led quietly to a waiting car and whisked away to an unknown destination.
With the strategy employed by the abductors, it was leant that the kidnap victim could not raise an alarm despite the huge number of people around her.
The source said that Mrs Adesiyan had already been taken away before her staff raised the alarm.
On raising the alarm, Mrs Adesiyan’s neighbours were said to have been gripped by fear, prompting some of them to hurriedly close their shops for the day.
But she regained her freedom last Saturday (January 9).
It is not yet clear how much ransom her family paid to secure her release.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Mr Adekunle Ajisebutu, said the command was on the trail of the abductors.
Asked how much ransom was involved in securing Mrs Adesiyan’s release, Ajisebutu said the command was not aware that any ransom was paid.