The General Manager (Public Relations) of the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMET), Mr. Muntari Yusuf, who was reportedly kidnapped on Tuesday along the notorious Kaduna-Abuja expressway, Katsina Post authoritatively gathered was freed Friday evening by his abductors on the eve of his daughter’s wedding.
The NiMET’s spokesperson who recently survived a ghastly motor accident with multiple fractures, also successfully gave out his daughter, Hassana Mukhtar Yusuf, to Saifullah Abdulaziz, in marriage this Saturday.
It was learned that family members and well-wishers of the NiMET senior staff, rallied round to raise the money for the kidnappers, four days he was taken into hostage.
On how Mr. Yusuf was abducted, a reliable source disclosed that the kidnappers came with two cars with the first blocking the front that forced the NiMET’s spokesperson official car, a Peugeot 408 to stop, while the car behind closed on them.
“The hoodlums fire sporadic gunshots in the air before they whisked him away,” he added.
Recall that Katsina Post earlier reported to you that Muntari Ibrahim has ordered his family to sell his car and withdraw the last N2million in his account to meet the ransom demand of his abductors.
Mr. Yusuf was kidnapped alongside many other travelers on Tuesday afternoon along the expressway while traveling to Abuja.
In a recorded telephone conversation of Mr. Yusuf, his brother, Nura, and one of the kidnappers, the kidnappers initially demanded N50million.
When the family raised N6million, the kidnappers rejected the offer, describing the issue as rubbish.
Mr. Yusuf was then heard in emotion-laden voice directing his brother to withdraw N2million from his account and sell off his car to augment the initial offer.
But despite the tragic incident, the wedding Fatiha ceremony was held at the Barhim Housing Estate’s Jumuat Mosque in Katsina State, 11 am today, Saturday after his freedom.