Ondo Govt Denies Paying Ransom To Kidnappers | The Precision

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The Ondo State Government has denied the news making the rounds on social media that it paid ransom to kidnappers to secure the release of three persons kidnapped in Ore town recently.

A statement signed by the commissioner for information and orientation, Yemi Olowolabi and made available to THE PRECISION described the information written by the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria as false and malicious.

Read full text of the release:

The attention of the Ondo State government has been
drawn to a malicious  statement  trending  on the  social media that
ransom was paid to secure the release of three kidnapped victims
This false statement was purportedly  written by the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria  
by the atrocious contents of the mendacious statement, the Ondo State
Government investigated the claims and discovered the following:
That no ransom was paid to secure the release of the three people
recently freed from the kidnappers hideout in the Ore area of Ondo
2. The Catholic
 Secretariat did not issue any statement, as confirmed by Rev Fr. Leo
Aregbesola, Director, Social Communications, Catholic Diocese of Ondo. 
It was the handiwork of some evil doers who are badly hit by the new
renewed crackdown on criminal gangs in Ondo State.  
The multi-pronged security measures taken by the State Government
continues to support the efforts of the State Police Command to rid the
State of criminals. 
The state government congratulates the state police command and its
personnel for the bravery displayed in the rescue of the three kidnapped
The government
will also want to restate its commitment to the safety of the citizenry
and to warn all criminally-minded people that every part of the state is
no longer safe for them to operate. 
Yemi Olowolabi
Commissioner for Information and Orientation

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