Bagudu Hirse, the former aviation minister, who was abducted by gunmen in Kaduna state on Sunday, Nov. 20, has regained his freedom.
This was confirmed by his brother, John Hirse, in an interview with NAN.
John said: “Bagudu was released in the early hours of Saturday.”
According to John, a retired permanent secretary in the federal civil service and currently District Head of Mangu, in Plateau state, his brother and former aviation minister was “hale and hearty”.
He thanked Nigerians for their prayers and words of encouragement “during the trỳing period”.
“May God reward everyone who stood by us during the tough period,” he said.
However, he refused to give further details on whether ransom was paid to the abductors.
Recall that Bagudu was abducted by gunmen at the Kaduna residence of Mamman Daura, where he had gone to condole the family over the death of the former Sultan of Sokoto, Ibrahim Dasuki.
Bagudu’s abduction took place a day after the release of Sheikh Yusuf, a Jos-based cleric and administrative secrertary of the Jamaátu Nasril Islam (JNI), who was equally kidnapped in Kaduna.
The cleric was released on Saturday, Nov. 19, after four days in the custody of his abductors.