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How family of abducted Bank of Agric boss paid N100m ransom for his release

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Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The family of the abducted managing director of Bank of Agriculture, Alwan Hassan, has allegedly paid a huge sum of N100m to secure his release, close family sources told DAILY NIGERIAN.

Mr Hassan was released on Wednesday after spending about 10 days in captivity, following his abduction alongside hundreds of passengers of Abuja-Kaduna train on March 28.

Although the terrorists had claimed that no ransom was paid in a short video taken with the mobile phone of the managing director, family sources said N100million was paid before they released him.

According to the source, the kidnappers earlier sent the family the video of the harrowing experience the captives were facing, including Mr Hassan, in order to raise the ransom stake.

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“A few days earlier, they sent the video of their harrowing condition in order to raise their stake. Alwan was always saying ‘give them whatever amount they want’. So the family gave them what they insisted on… that is N100million,” said one of the family sources.

According to the source, the kidnappers first asked the family to take the money to a forest in Katsina on Tuesday before asking them to make a detour to another forest in Kaduna.

The source added that after the family emissaries journeyed for hours in the bush, the gunmen appeared fully armed in their hundreds and collected the money.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Due to pandemic that we are facing we have to help people and empower them please government help your Nation we are facing so many challenges in this life lack of food and we in financial situation

  2. The background of education in Nigeria has collapsed long ago.
    My message to the government is not more but just a mare one.
    Any country that lacks accurate education is under different tribal rivalry and racism and criminal conduct of any kind.
    Please pray tell them to restore this first priority.
    Thanks you.

      • Well I’dont know how someone will keep hundred million at home, in cash without violating the law on laundering. So , I take the claim with a pinch of salt, considering the counter claim by the terrorists to the otherwise.

        • He might have kept such amount at home. Probably his friends and colleagues raised the amount or something else. I doubt if the money was kept at home.

        • This is true bcs Gov Fayose said on Wednesday at the program Democracy Today with Seun that one of the victims of Kaduna train paid a ransome of #100m to secure his release, and he said it with all surety that though it’s not in the media space

        • No where it was stated he kept the sum at home. But, that family members raised the sum. He was pleading with members of the family to give the Kidnappers whatever sum demanded. So it could be raised by immediate family, distance ones, friends, In-laws, fellow Business associates, workers, neighbours etc. Please let’s be bit sympathetic towards them but not being suspecious of unimaginable sources. By the way anybody in their position (in the hands of Kidnappers), could go to any length for any source money to free himself. Haba at times we get carried away with our thoughts and become insensitive with our comments.

  3. Quite a pity, only the poor suffer in this country, the poor should come together and fight this menace themselves because no government cares about them

  4. This is true bcs Gov Fayose said on Wednesday at the program Democracy Today with Seun that one of the victims of Kaduna train paid a ransome of #100m to secure his release, and he said it with all surety that though it’s not in the media space

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