Eighteen days after they were abducted while on their way to attend a wedding ceremony at Benin, the Edo State capital, wife, daughter and driver of Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, Monday night, regained their freedom.
Though a senior aide to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mariam Aloma Muhktar, Mr Ahuraka Isah, who spoke to Vanguard on phone, Tuesday, confirmed their release, he however, refused to disclose whether ransom was paid.
It would be recalled that the kidnappers demanded N200 million to free the trio.
Efforts by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, and the Edo State Police Command to trace the whereabouts of the kidnappers had proved abortive, a development that led the CJN to grant an ad-hoc leave to Justice Rhodes-Vivour to enable him focus on securing the release of his family members.
Aside taking over all the cases earlier assigned to the embattled Justice, the CJN personally wrote to President Goodluck Jonathan, demanding his intervention on the matter, just as the Chief Registrar of the apex court, Sunday Olorundahunsi, wrote to the IGP, seeking the expedition of action with a view to tracking the kidnappers.
It will be recalled that Justice Rhodes-Vivour’s first son, Rotimi, was kidnapped on September 3, 2012, in Lagos. He was also kidnapped in his car, like his mum and sister.
Rotimi was kidnapped about eight months ago while driving around Island, but reportedly traced by police detectives to Festac Town, where the kidnappers reportedly kept him.
He was said to be driving in his car when he was blocked by the kidnappers who were said to be trailing him with another car. The kidnappers had demanded N30million for his release.