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Kidnappers release Bayelsa nightclub owner then abduct his wife, father-in-law when they came to drop ransom



Kidnappers of a popular night owner, Tari Ajanami, have released him, but abducted his wife and 74-year-old father in-law, who had gone to drop the ransom.

The gunmen were said to have detained his wife, Christiana, 38, and the man over claims that the N15million ransom paid was a far below the N200million ransom demanded.

Ajanami, 43, was abducted a two weeks ago at his building site in Otiotio area of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, but was released at an exchange point in Ahaoda in Ahaoda local Government Area of Rivers State.

According to Vanguard, the ransom exchange occurred at about 11.45pm in Ahaoda Local Government Area of Rivers State and was kept secret from the security agencies and friends of the victim.

However, things went awry when the kidnappers insisted on the completion of the demanded N200million ransom, hence held unto the victim’s wife and her father, who were the ‘couriers’.

A close family source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, expressed concern over the new development, revealing that the abducted wife of the club owner is known to have High Blood Pressure (HBP), and was not with her drugs at the point of abduction.

The source said: “We are, however, waiting to hear from the kidnappers. We learnt their satellite mobile phone gadget popularly referred to as Turaya phone fell into the water during the ransom exchange.

“You know N15million ransom was taken to the exchange point. The kidnappers collected the money and held unto the wife and her father in order to demand more money from the victim. We plead with the kidnappers to tamper justice with mercy.”

However, the Bayelsa State Police command said they are not aware of the incident.

Butswat Asinim, the command’s public relation officer, when contacted by PM News, said;

“We are not aware. The family did not report any case to us.”

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