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Abducted Adamawa United bus driver regains freedom

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The bus driver of Nigeria Professional Football League side, Adamawa United, who was kidnapped last week has finally regained freedom.

The bottom-placed team were heading to Lagos for their match-day 11 clash with MFM FC, when their bus was attacked along the Benin-Ore Expressway on Friday.

The team players and coaching staff were robbed of their possessions including mobile phones and cash, while the driver, Kabiru Mohammed, was abducted.

WuzupNigeria reported that the abductors initially demanded a ransom of ₦50 million but in a chat with The Punch,  the Permanent Secretary of Adamawa State Ministry of Youths and Sports, Aliyu Abubakar Jada, said that the sum of ₦1 million was paid to the kidnappers.

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“Kabiru was released late yesterday night after the ransom was paid along the Benin-Ore Expressway, where he was kidnapped,” Jada told Punch.

“We sent representatives to pick him up. After the abductors counted the money, they released him to his relatives, but that was after so much delay to ensure that there were no security personnel around.

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“He was abducted on Friday at about 6.45 pm and spent about six days with the abductors, and that’s why we’ve asked him to stay with a relative in Enugu so he could get proper rest. He sounded fine and healthy but we want him to get two days rest because of the stress he had gone through

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“We thank God he has been released because something worse could have happened despite paying the ransom.”

Mohamed has appreciated all those involved in ensuring his release from his abductors after six days in captivity.

“I am free now from the kidnappers. I thank God and everybody involved in this matter to ensure my safe return,” Mohamed said.

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