The General Manager (Public Relations) of the Nigeria Meteorological Agency, NiMET, Muntari Yusuf, who was kidnapped on Tuesday along the notorious Kaduna-Abuja expressway, has been released.
Mr Yusuf was released Friday evening, the eve of his daughter’s wedding, after payment of undisclosed ransom.
PRNigeria gathered that the NiMET’s spokesperson, who recently survived a ghastly motor accident with multiple fractures, successfully gave out his daughter, Hassana Mukhtar Yusuf, to Saifullah Abdulaziz, in marriage this Saturday.
It was learnt that family members and well-wishers of the NiMET senior staff, rallied round to raise the money for the kidnappers, four days after he was taken into hostage.
On how Mr Yusuf was abducted, a reliable source disclosed that the kidnappers came with two cars with the first blocking the front that forced the NiMET’s spokesperson official car, a Peugeot 408 to stop, while the car behind closed on them.
“The hoodlums fire sporadic gunshots in the air before they whisked him away,” he added.
Meanwhile, PRNigeria earlier gathered that the kidnappers had demanded N50 million as ransom, in a recorded telephone conversation between Mr. Yusuf, his brother, Nura, and one of the abductors.
But when the family successfully raised N6 million, the kidnappers bluntly rejected the offer, describing it as ‘rubbish’.
Mr Yusuf was then heard in an emotion-laden voice directing his brother to withdraw N2 million from his account and sell off his Toyota car to augment the initial offer.
In the conversation, he also cautioned them against taking the issue with levity or speaking harshly to his kidnappers.
PRNigeria reports that it was a mixed feeling of happiness and sympathy as well-wishers gathered for the wedding Fatiha of his daughter at Barhim Housing Estate Jumuat Mosque in Katsina State on Saturday.