Kidnappers free Oronto Douglas’s sister

Semiu Salami
Semiu Salami

After spending nine grueling days in the hands of her abductors, Augusta Douglas-Ayam, the sister to the Special Adviser to the President on Research, Documentation and Strategy, Oronto Douglas has been released.

Though our correspondent could not ascertain if any ransom was paid, a statement issued by the family on Thursday night in Yenagoa said she was set free unconditionally in the early hours of the day.

Augusta Douglas-Ayam who was seized by armed men from her shop at Ogbia in Ogbia local government area of the state, according to the statement is currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

The statement reads, “After nine traumatic days in the hands of abductors, our beloved sister Augusta Douglas-Ayam was this morning unconditionally released to the family.

“We thank God for his protection and intervention. We also thank all Nigerians who through prayers and words of encouragement supported us throughout this ordeal.

“Our sister is currently in a hospital receiving treatment. We will not be making any further statements on this issue and wish to put it behind us.”

Head of the family, Romeo Douglas, had last week begged her captors to set Augusta free on humanitarian grounds due to her poor health.

He said, “We do hope and pray that those who have kidnapped her will give her the best of treatment deserving of any human being and envision also that they will have a rethink over the matter and release her to reunite with us as a family.”

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