ILORIN (Sundiata Post) – Mrs Jumoke Bamigboye, a Past District Governor of Rotary International District 9125, was on Monday night released by kidnappers in Ilorin.
Mrs Bamigboye, who is also a magistrate and wife of a former military administrator (MILAD) of Osun State, Col. Theophilus Bamigboye (rtd), had been abducted by gunmen on Saturday at Eiyenkorin, a suburb of Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State. She was on her way home from the family’s farm.
A source told LEADERSHIP that Mrs Bamigboye was returning from her farm in Oko-Olowo where she went to supervise garri processing, which was to be supplied to some customers when she was accosted by the gunmen.
The source added that the kidnappers later contacted the victim’s family demanding for a N100m ransom.
“The victim’s release was later negotiated downward to N50m as at Monday evening,” the source added.
Confirming the release of his wife on Tuesday, Colonel Bamigboye (rtd) said that she was released on Monday night.
“She was set free and released last night, we thank God for her safety but not without payment of ransom,” he revealed.
The spokesman of the Kwara State Police Command, Ajayi Okasanmi, also said that “she was released by the kidnappers last night.”
He said that three suspects had been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of Mrs Bamigboye.
Okasanmi was, however, silent on whether any ransom was paid to the kidnappers before she was released.
He said: “Yes, she has been released and three suspects were arrested and effort to get the remaining suspects is underway, please.”
Meanwhile, sympathisers have been trooping to the residence of Colonel Bamigboye’s GRA residence in Ilorin to congratulate him on the release of his wife.
Some of the sympathisers sighted included the Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Abdulraheem Adeoti, his chiefs and Oloris while Bamigboye also was receiving telephone calls every minute from far and wide from eminent people who were calling to congratulate him.
Both Mrs Jumoke Bamigboye and Col Theophilus Bamigboye (rtd) are active Rotarians. Mrs Bamigboye was District Governor of District 9125 in the 2020-2021 Rotary Year. (LEADERSHIP)