A relative of the victim said the man was released without ransom.
The Managing Director of Smartpoly Products Ltd and Tokslordmart Ltd, who was allegedly kidnapped last Sunday, has been released.
Martins Adams was abducted by gunmen alongside his seven-year-old child, Ireoluwa, at the company’s premises along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.
A family source told PREMIUM TIMES that the duo were released Wednesday evening “without paying any kobo.”
“The Kidnapped MD (Managing Director) was (released) yesterday evening without paying any Kobo to the kidnappers, after they find out the kidnapped MD was a pastor, they decided to release them of free will. They even gave them transport back to their home,” said the source.
“We know our God never fails, He has done it before and He has done it again,” he added.
The source attributed Mr. Adams and his child’s release to divine intervention.
“We all know the kidnappers could not survive the prayers we were praying from our various home,” he said.
“The church…. even the staff I heard they were also fasting and praying for the release of the MD,” he added.
Shrouded in secrecy
The kidnap of Mr. Adams was shrouded in secrecy with his company staff, family, and the police declining to confirm the incident.
When PREMIUM TIMES visited the polythene manufacturing company on Wednesday, an official denied the incident.
“People from other media houses have been coming here. We do not have anything like that here. As you can see, we’ve been working. Thank you,” the official said.
When the alleged victim’s wife was contacted, after insisting to know the identity and status of the caller, she declined to speak.
“Please I don’t want to speak to anyone. I don’t know,” she said.
A police officer at Elere Police Station, Agege, had told P.M. News, a Lagos based newspaper, that a director in the company had reported the incident and that the abductors had demanded N30 million ransom.
“We learnt that the gunmen followed the family into the company premises which also served as their residence immediately they arrived from the church on Sunday in their car.
“They covered the man’s mouth with a cloth and tied the wife. They later transferred the man and his son from the car to their waiting car. At the gate, they told the gateman to go inside and untie the wife, and sped off,” the police officer told P.M.NEWS.
However, Ngozi Braide, the Lagos Police Spokesperson, when contacted on the phone said that she was not aware of the incident.
Ms. Braide requested for time to find out if the incident had been reported to the police Area Command.
Subsequent calls to her were not answered.
The source, who claims to be related to the victim, said that the family may be shielding the incident from the public.
”I am related to the MD (Managing Director), so I know what I am talking about,” the source told PREMIUM TIMES.
“The family still did not know why the management of the company is hiding from the press, anyway only them knows why.
“We have been praying for his release and I know by the grace of Almighty God he will come out (hale) and hearty. I am very sure, because we serve a mighty God,” he added.