Owerri — Imo State Commissioner of Police Baba Adisa Bolanta yesterday said that the family of the kidnapped Nollywood actress and Special Assistant to the State Governor on Public Affairs, Miss Nkiru Sylvanus, paid N8 million for the release of their daughter by the kidnappers against the order of the police.
The police commissioner, who spoke with journalists at the Command's headquarters in Owerri, pointed out that before the day she was released, the family wanted to pay a ransom of N7 million to the abductors.
Bolanta said the police laid an ambush and recovered the money because the kidnappers fled on sighting the police, adding that the money left in the trunk of their car was returned to the family.
He said after they had returned the money to the family, they defied their directive and paid N8 milliom to the kidnappers, saying "surprisingly, I saw Nkiru in my office after she was released and I was told they paid N8million to secure her release".
Meanwhile, Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha has ordered the release of N320 million as Christmas package for security agencies in appreciation of their commitment to fighting crimes in the state.
Okorocha, who spoke on the issue during an expanded Security Council meeting at the Ahajioku Centre in the state capital, instructed that every security agent should be given N10,000.00 each.
Commending the State Police Command, Okorocha reiterated the commitment of his administration in partnering with security agencies to stamp out crimes, especially kidnapping and other heinous crimes.
While reaffirming the earlier ban on unauthorized use of vehicles with tinted glasses and siren, the governor also chided legal practitioners in the state for aiding and abetting kidnappers by frustrating the efforts to prosecute them.