Atiku’s cousin reveals how he paid $15,000 in bitcoin to secure daughter’s release

Umar Ardo, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has revealed all that transpired between him and the kidnappers who abducted his daughter, Aisha, in Abuja.

Umar Ardo, who is cousin to former vice president, Atiku Abubakar secured the release of his daughter, Aisha after a payment of $15,000.

Ardo said he received a phone call from the kidnappers at 9.56 am on Sunday, September 15. The kidnappers said he will get his daughter released safely to him if he cooperated with his team.

He said after he gave the kidnapper his condition, he (the kidnapper) described him as a gentleman and promised to keep to their words. “I then asked what would you want me to do in order to get back my daughter? He said you are going to pay us $15,000. If you cooperate with us your daughter would return to you but if you don’t cooperate with us you will never see her again alive,” Ardo said.

Ardo said the kidnappers called back at about 3 pm to request that he pays the required sum through bitcoin. He said he was telling the kidnapper that he does not know how to do the bitcoin payment when they insisted that he must learn it.

He added that the caller said he would send their address for him to make the payment while reminding him that his daughter’s life was on the line.

Ardo said: “Thank God I had the money in my domiciliary account. I got somebody who paid the money through the wallet account. Within an hour we sent the money and it generated payment evidence which I texted to him.”

He said “it was while he was waiting for their call that another call came into his phone at 10 pm and when he picked it he found out that it was his daughter, Aisha. “She said she was at drumstick at Gwarimpa where I went with family members and picked her,” Ardo said.

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