UBEC Chairman, daughter released after alleged payment of N25 million ransom

Chairman of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Mohammad Abubakar and his daughter have regained their freedom from kidnappers’ grip, News Express can authoritatively report this Tuesday afternoon.

Sources said they was released around 1:00 P.m. after N25 million ransom was allegedly paid to the kidnappers.

Meanwhile, The Cable reports that their release was confirmed by Hussain Danladi, one of Mahmood’s aides.

Mahmood and his daughter were abducted along Kaduna-Abuja road on Monday afternoon while travelling from Kaduna to the federal capital territory (FCT).

His driver was shot dead when armed bandits opened fire on the vehicle they were travelling in.

Danladi reportedly said no ransom was paid to secure their release.

However, there is no information on the the other travellers who were kidnapped alongside the duo.

Several cases of kidnappings have been recorded along the route in the past months. Many commuters have abandoned the route for the train station as a result of insecurity.

All efforts by the government to end the activities of kidnappers and bandits have not yielded the desired result.

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