Kidnapped driver of Adamawa United Football club, Alhaji Kabiru Mohammed has been released by his abductors, the permanent secretary Adamawa state ministry of youth and sports, Aliyu Abubakar Jada has disclosed.
Kabiru Mohammed who regained his freedom late last night was kidnapped along Benin-Ore road on Friday night when the bus he was conveying players and officials of Adamawa United Football club to Lagos to keep a date with MFM football club on a week 11 NPFL was ambushed by criminals.
Jada who disclosed his release this morning said the driver was in sound mind when he spoke with him.
According to him “I spoke with him, he was very coherent, he is on his way back now”.
Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar Jada who has been in contact with the kidnappers added that the driver was released after a ransom was paid, although he did not state the amount paid.
He thanked the media for the role it played at ensuring that the world knows about the unfortunate incident.
” I want to thank the media particularly SWAN, I have received calls from within and outside the country, we are very grateful.”
He also commended the state government and other individuals who stood by the club and the family of the driver Kabiru Mohammed.
The Permanent Secretary called on the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports, the Nigeria Football Federation to urgently design a way that clubs can travel to Honour matches with less challenge particularly now that the country is faced with security challenges.
The kidnappers have demanded a whooping N50 million for the driver’s freedom but after negotiations, the amount according to the permanent secretary was trimmed down to N1 million.
Kidnap for ransom has become a major business for the men of the underworld using it to rake in millions of naira from innocent Nigerians.