Kidnapped Wife Of Slain Pastor Freed

Madam Talatu Akuchi, the abducted wife of Rev. Hosea Akuchi, a clergyman murdered by suspected kidnappers, has regained freedom six days after abduction.
It will be recalled that she was abducted on Monday after the gunmen invaded their home and killed her husband who was in charge of Nasara Baptist Church, Kaduna.
The cleric was shot dead while struggling with the gunmen in an attempt to resist being abducted.
The Kaduna State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Yakubu Sabo, confirmed her release Sunday evening.
According to him, she was released at night at an undisclosed location in the state.
“The wife of the murdered Reverend Talatu was released unhurt on Saturday night and our men are still trying to arrest the criminals,” he said.
“I’m not aware of any ransom paid to the criminals before she was released. All I know is that she was released unhurt and we are working to arrest the criminals.”
The kidnappers had initially demanded N5 million as ransom but sources said after much pleading, they collected N500,000.
“We paid N500,000 before we could secure her release. We went through hell to raise the money because we know what it means for a woman who is supposed to be mourning her husband who was killed by the same people that abducted her,” a source said.
“It is unfortunate. Everything happened so fast. Our government needs to do more in terms of security of lives and property.
“This was somebody we were together last week Sunday. Only for these criminals to storm his house, kill him and abduct the wife right before the children. It is painful but we believe God will judge.”