The release of abducted wife and driver of Oba Samuel Agunloye, the Alauga of Auga Akoko has been marred with controversies.

The community members had rallied round their monarch to secure the queen's freedom and the driver from their captors with a sum of one million naira.

The decision to part with such amount apparently did not go down well with the state police command which believe their investigation was already leading to the release of the hostages.

The command spokesman, Femi Joseph who confirmed the release said it would have been better for the family to leave the matter completely in the hand of police.

“Yes, the woman was released and reunited with her family at the palace. I can’t really say if any ransom was paid to the kidnappers.

"The Police was not there when she was released but you know we have always been preaching against paying ransom for the release of any kidnap victim. Investigation was still ongoing and we were making progress.

“It is always good for families of kidnap victims to leave the job for the Police to do", he said.

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Some indigenes of the community however watered down the police argument.

"So they expected us to wait till they release their dead body before we act. If police had done their job in the first place, how will kidnappers operate successfully around here?

"What is the essence of their checkpoints on the road? We are not talking about an ordinary person here, this is a queen of our land who had been in kidnappers’ den for four days. Police should just admit they have failed the people." Said one of the community chiefs.

It was gathered that the abductors initially demanded a ransom of 20 million naira from the victims' family which was negotiated down to the paid amount.

The leader of the gang was quoted as saying that their captives were “bad business” because they thought the minimum they could get as ransom from the families of the victims was N5m.

Palace sources confirmed that they were released at about 9pm on Wednesday along lsua road, in Akoko axis by their captors.

Bounce News had reported that the victims were kidnapped by their abductors along Auga and Ise road while the Queen was on her way to her hometown in Ugbe Akoko in the same Local Government.

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