Justice Abdul Dogo of the Federal High Court, Akure, Ondo State and his driver, who were kidnapped Tuesday, October 22, has been freed by his captors.
The judge and the driver, who were freed yesterday, were kidnapped in Ibilo town, Edo State.
Though it could not be ascertained whether ransom was paid for the release of Dogo and his driver, the abductors as of Thursday, October 24, insisted that a ransom of N50 million must be paid before they can be released.
“The judge and his driver have regained their freedom last night (Friday) at about 11 pm.
“He has been reunited with his family in Abuja but we don’t know whether a ransom was paid or how much was paid,’ said a source.
Meanwhile, the governor of Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, has commended the security agencies for their efforts to secure the release of the high court judge.
In a statement issued today by his aide, Mr. Ojo Oyewamide, the governor said the abduction of the judge marked another disturbing moment in the rising cases of kidnap that had pervaded the country.
“The incident undoubtedly heightened fears and almost created uncertainty. But the early measures deployed by the security agencies , further rekindled hopes and confidence,” he said.
The governor said the security agents “deserve our collective commendation and encouragement at all times even as every Nigerian has a responsibility to be part of the intelligence gathering process to combat crime and criminality.”