Kidnapped Nigerian Muslim leader regains freedom 

The Deputy Secretary-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, Adam Idoko, has regained freedom after spending a week in the hands of kidnappers.

Mr. Idoko, who is alsothe Chief Imam of Central Mosque of University of Nigeria , Nsukka,was kidnapped last Thursday at Ogurite town of Igboeze-North Local Government Area of Enugu State, while attending a meeting.

Credible sources on Tuesday told PREMIUM TIMES that the abductors of the scholar demanded payment of N20 million ransom for his release.

Confirming the release of the cleric to PREMIUM TIMES, theSecretary General of the nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Ishaq Oloyede said Mr. Idoko was released Thursday morning.

Mr. Idoko, who was released about an hour ago in Enugu, was immediately taken to a hospital.

Asked whether ransom was paid to secure his release, Mr. Oloyode denied comment on the matter.

At this time, what is important is his release, he said briefly.

The Public Relations Officer of the Enugu Police Command, Amaraizu Ebere, told PREMIUM TIMES on Friday that they were committed to freeing the cleric from the abductors, and that they had made significant headway in the investigation.

Several calls made to the police spokesmans mobile lines, seeking confirmation on the payment of ransom, were not answered.

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