Kidnappers of Abdulhamid Baba-Saliu Egele, the Edo State Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) on Friday evening released him from captivity after 13 days.
SaharaReporters gathered that Baba-Saliu Egele, popularly known as Baba Petrol, was dropped off at about 7.45 pm on a bush path in Iyamho community, Uzairue Clan, Etsako West Local Government Area, Edo State.
On Monday, February 7, 2022, he was abducted from the gate of his country home in Jattu, Uzairue Clan, Etsako West LGA, Edo State, and driven away by his abductors, who killed two of his personal staff members and critically injured three others in the process.
His freedom on Friday evening from the abductors was confirmed by Abdul Mahmud, his brother-in-law, on behalf of the family.
Mahmud said, “In the past few days, more precisely in the past thirty-six hours, our family has been inundated with calls, text messages, words of appreciation and gratitude to God, links to news websites and blogs, and screenshots of news publications which indicate that our patriarch, son, and brother-in-law had been released and he is in an undisclosed hospital in Benin, which turned out to be untrue.
“I am happy to inform that our patriarch and brother-in-law, Abdulhamid Baba-Saliu Egele, AKA Baba Petrol, HAS TONIGHT BEEN FREED BY HIS ABDUCTORS. He was dropped off at about 1945 Hours on a bush path in Iyamho community, Uzairue Clan, Etsako West LGA, Edo State.
“We thank Nigerians from all walks of life who joined their hands to ours in collective intercessory prayers, kept vigil with us, shared our fears, pains and anxieties during the eleven days of his horrible ordeal. We thank you all. Above everything else, we thank God.
“Finally, while we celebrate the release of our patriarch from the hands of his abductors, we request that you put his departed staff in your prayers.”