On Monday evening, gunmen abducted a former Minister of Environment, Mrs. Lawrencia Laraba-Mallam, and her husband, Pius, along the Abuja–Kaduna Expressway as the couple were on their way from Abuja when they ran into a roadblock, mounted by the hoodlums, along the Jere area of the highway around 7pm.
According to the source, on Tuesday, said:
“The incident occurred between 7pm and 7.30pm. The driver of the car was spared and it was when he returned home and narrated the story that we got to know that the former minister and the husband had been kidnapped.
“They (kidnappers) made contact with the family around 10am this morning (Tuesday) and said we must bring N10m before they can release them.”
“It is very possible that the kidnappers didn’t know their identities, otherwise the ransom could have been higher than the N10m demanded.
“You know these people can be callous; the moment they know the true identity of the victims, they can jack up the ransom.”