Super Eagles and Amkar Perm of Russia midfielder, Fegor Ogude, has revealed that his wife was set free by her abductors after he paid the sum of N1.3 million. This is contrary to claims by family sources that the victim was rescued by officials of the Department of State Services, DSS.
It will be recalled that Ogude’s wife, Maimunat, was on January 4 abducted from her family home in Warri, Delta State and the kidnappers reportedly demanded a ransom of N30m.
The Media Officer of Nigeria U-23 team, Timi Ebikagboro had disclosed on Sunday night that Maimunat was ‘now a free woman.’
In a chat with TheCable, the midfielder confirmed she was released on Sunday night, saying he paid N1.3m for his wife’s release as against the N30m her abductors had pressed for.
“Well, I paid nothing much for her release. I paid N1.3m, though they demanded N30m.
Fegor also said his wife was alright, but they were not taking her state of health for granted, so they were following the normal procedures of ensuring she undergoes medical examination.
“Yes, she is alright but I have to ensure that she is.
“I have taken her to the hospital for proper medical tests and checkup because the kind of ordeal she must have gone through in the hands of the armed men is nothing to be taken for granted. I have to be sure that she is very okay.
“In spite of the unexpected occurrence, I was still a very happy man.
“You know that a lot of people will go there and won’t come back alive, so I am happy that she is alright and alive.”
“She was taken to a very bad place, a swampy forest, a dirty place to be kept for almost a week. Imagine what she must have faced during the number of days she was kept there. But I am thanking God that I got her back alive.
“It is her life that’s the most important thing to me,” Ogude said.
(Source: DAILY POST)