Kidnapped wife of slain Kaduna pastor Mrs. Talatu Akuchi, has regained her freedom on Saturday night after payment of N500,000 as ransom.
Mrs Talatu was abducted six days ago by the kidnappers who killed her husband Reverend Hosea M. Akuchi at the Nasara Baptist Church, Guguwa near Rigasa in Kaduna.
The kidnappers had earlier demanded for a ransom of N5million but accepted N500,000 after negotiations and pleas. A family source according to Daily Trust said:
“Mrs. Talatu was released to us on Saturday night.
She is presently taking medication in the hospital.”
On whether ransom was paid or not, he said:
“Yes, we paid N500,000 before we could secure her release.
It is quite unfortunate that a woman who is supposed to be mourning her husband was kept in captivity for about a week by some wicked elements who killed her husband.”
He said government needs to do more to ensure security of lives and properties across the country.
The Kaduna State Police Command spokesperson, DSP Yakubu Sabo, who confirmed that Mrs. Talatu has been released unhurt, said the police were not aware whether ransom was paid or not.