An Abeokuta-based oil magnate, Mr Akeem Lawal, 36, has been released by kidnappers after the sum of N30million was reportedly paid for his freedom.
Lawal, who owns Alak Vision Filling Station in Abeokuta North local government area of the state, was reported to have been abducted by a four-man gang of kidnappers on his way home at about 6:30 pm.
He was among the intending pilgrims to this year’s hajj in Saudi Arabia as he had completed all arrangements and was shortlisted among those to leave the state on September 11.
It was further gathered that his abandoned SUV was seen along Ilaro road the night he was abducted. Reports said he was severely beaten by his abductors and later shot. He spent three days in the hands of his abductors.
P.M News quoted a very close friend of the man told our correspondent that a ransom was paid before he could be released.
“I can confirm to you that Alak was kidnapped on his way home on the 9th of this month and he was released the third day.
“We parted with some amount of money before he could be released to us. The kidnappers earlier demanded N150 million but after much pleading, we paid them N30 million before he could be released.
“While revealing his experience in the hands of his captors to us, he said he was seriously beaten and was taken round the bush for no just cause.
“God is in total control. He has never been to hajj and he has been preparing for this exercise. He had done everything needed to be done, payment, screening, medical and what have you. Two days for him to leave the country for the holy land, he was kidnapped.
“Who knows whether if he had gone, he would have been among those that died in the crane incident in Saudi Arabia. For every disappointment, God has a reason.
“He was later shot in the left side of the chest. Only God saved him, we thank God for his life. He has been operated and is now recuperating in a private hospital in Abeokuta.
“The police are now trying to arrest the culprits. I want them to do more to ensure that all these devilish people are dislodged from the state,” the source explained.