Kidnappers have freed former Minister of Environment, Mrs. Laurentia Mallam and her husband, Mr. Pius Mallam, according to SaharaReporters, which quoted a family source. The Mallam family reportedly paid an undisclosed amount of money to secure the release of the couple.

The ransom, it was learnt, was arrived at after a series of negotiations. Earlier a family source had said that six armed men blocked the Jere-Bwari axis of the Abuja-Kaduna Road about 7p.m. on Monday and asked vehicles from both directions to park. “They just stopped everyone on the road and people with expensive cars were gathered on one side. The others were asked to lie face down.

“The former minister and other big men were herded into the bush, leaving Mallam’s driver behind,” the source said. According to the source, it is doubtful if the kidnappers had known the status and identity of Mrs. Mallam during the abduction. “She was not the sole target, the former minister and her husband were just caught up in an operation,” the source added.

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