Ardo and daughter
Ardo and daughter

How Atiku Abubakar's Cousin, Ardo, Paid $15,000 Ransom To Kidnappers     

Read how Atiku Abubakar's cousin, Umar Ardo, paid $15,000 ransom to secure the release of his daughter.

Funsho Akinwale

Dr. Umar Ardo, the cousin to the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has disclosed how he paid $15,000 dollars ransom for the release of his daughter, Aishat Umar Ardo, from the den of her abductors.

The PDP Chieftain revealed that his 24-year-old daughter was abducted as she was leaving Blinkers Supermarket in Asokoro area of Abuja on Sunday night of September 15.

He was, thereafter, contacted by one of the abductors around 10 pm, urging him to be calm and promised to return his daughter safely once he followed whatever instructions he was given.

“I then said okay I will cooperate and negotiate with you on one condition; that is if you give me two promises. One, that you will not harm my daughter, by which I mean you won’t kill her," Ardo narrated to newsmen.

"Secondly you will not molest my daughter by which I mean you won’t rape her. But if you cannot promise me these two then you can as well do what you want to do with her.

"The caller then said, "Dr I see you are a gentleman and I am also a gentleman. I give you these two promises; we will not touch your daughter.

“I then asked what would you want me to do in order to get back my daughter? He said you are going to pay us $15,000.

"If you cooperate with us your daughter would return to you but if you don’t cooperate with us you will never see her again alive.”

He further revealed that the kidnappers called him around 3 pm, saying they wanted the ransom to be paid in bitcoins.

“I told them I don’t know how to do this bitcoins payment but the caller insisted I must learn. I will text you our address through which you will go and make the payment; it is up to you to do that; don’t forget the life of your daughter is on the line.

“Thank God I had the money in my domiciliary account. I got somebody who paid the money through the wallet account. Within an hour we sent the money and it generated payment evidence which I texted to him.

"I was waiting for his response but he didn’t but by 10 pm a call came I picked and it was my daughter. She said she was at drumstick at Gwarimpa where I went with family members and picked her,” Ardo said.

As at the time of filing this report, no arrest had been made, as Ardo did not inform the police or any security operatives.

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