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Bandits release abducted lawyer after N10m ransom in Plateau


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A legal practitioner in Plateau State, Gyang Zi, has regained his freedom after his abductors were paid N10 million ransom.

Zi was kidnapped by gunmen in Jos on Monday evening.

He was said to be driving home after closing from work when the gunmen accosted him within the Little Rayfield Government House in Jos and whisked him away to an unknown destination.

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The Toyota Car which the legal practitioner drove before his abduction was later found abandoned on an untarred road beside the fence of the Government House on Tuesday morning with the side glasses of the car wide open.

His abduction had thrown members of the Jos branch of the Nigeria Bar Association into confusion with many of them, including the chairman, Yakubu Bawa, condemning the development.

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The Spokesperson for the State Police Command, Ubah Ogaba, confirmed the release of the legal practitioner.

According to Ogaba, the manhunt by security operatives for those who kidnapped the legal practitioner led to his rescue

However, a family source in Jos said that the senior lawyer was released on Tuesday after N10 million ransom was paid, The PUNCH reports.

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The source said, “The kidnappers after making contacts with the family demanded N10 million ransom. N8 million was initially raised but the kidnappers threatened to execute him if by 9am on Wednesday if the money was not made available. But we thank God for people who rallied round to ensure that their threat did not come to pass.”