By Sampson Boroh
In what could be liken to a typical Nigerian Nollywood film, kidnappers on Saturday abducted the wife and 74-old-year-old in-law of popular Bayelsa night club owner, Tari Ajanami, who had gone to drop the ransom they had demanded.
Ajanami, an owner and operator of the famous Club 64 in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa capital, was released but his wife and the septuagenarian in-law were held back for not meeting up with N200 million ransom they had demanded.
He was released on Thursday at an exchange point in Ahaoda in the Ahaoda Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The kidnappers had demanded N200 million but it was gathered that the now kidnapped wife and in-law dropped N15 million at an undisclosed location instructed by the armed wielding gunmen in Rivers.
NIGER DELTA TODAY (NDT) Online had reported that the 43-year-old night club owner, Ajanami, was abducted a fortnight ago at his building site along Otiotio area of the state capital.
The kidnappers demanded N200 million but it was gathered that the now kidnapped wife and in-law dropped N15 million at an undisclosed location instructed by the armed wielding gunmen.
Sources told our correspondent that the exchange deal was kept secret from the knowledge of the Bayelsa State Police Command by the family of the night club.
It was learnt that the ransom exchange took place at about 11.45pm on Thursday in the undisclosed location in Rivers with the wife of the club owner and in-law taking the cash ransom to the abductors.
However, things turned wary when the kidnappers insisted on the completion of the demanded N200m ransom and held unto the ransom couriers which were the victim’s wife and her father.
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A close family source, who confirmed the development, said, ”We are however waiting to hear from the kidnappers. We learnt their Satellite Mobile Phone gadget popularly referred to as Turaya phone fell into the water during the ransom exchange.
“You know N15m was taken to the ransom exchange point. The kidnappers collected the money and maybe held unto the wife and her father in order to demand for more money from the victim. We plead with the kidnappers to tamper justice with mercy.”
Attempts to confirm the release of the club owner and the abduction of his wife and father proved abortive as officials of the police command claimed all they were hearing about the abduction drama were hearsays,” he has been released but we have not been officially informed. He should have come forward for de-brief.”