The kidnappers of the twins of the Otun Olubadan of Ibadan land, Dr Lekan Balogun, have released his children after he paid N10, 000 million ransom.
The children and their mother were reportedly abducted in front of their family house in Akobo area of Ibadan last week.
Their mother was later dropped at a spot, while the abductors contacted the family with a ransom demand of N100 million. The amount was reduced to N40 million at the weekend before it was eventually slashed to N10 million on Monday.
Balogun is one of the Ibadan high chiefs that were elevated to the position of a monarch by the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, before the action was annulled by a court in Ibadan.
The state’s police spokesman, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said the Police was making frantic efforts to apprehend the suspected kidnappers.
He also confirmed that the children have been reunited with their parents.
Reports said the children were released on Monday night, after which they were taken to an undisclosed hospital for a medical check-up in Lagos.
Balogun, who also confirmed the release of the twins, said he was happy that they were released unhurt. He said their mother, Funmilayo, travelled with the twins to Lagos, and that they would be back in Ibadan soon.
“It is true that a ransom of N10m was paid to the suspected kidnappers before they released my children. You don’t equate money with human lives.”
The twins’ mother, who was hospitalised and treated for shock after the abduction, said she was elated at the release after missing the children for seven days.
“To say that I was happy and I’m still happy now is an understatement and I can’t be thankful enough to God almighty for protecting my children during the period; just as I thank everybody involved in the release of the children.”