​Laurentia Laraba Mallam, the minister of the environment during the government of Goodluck Jonathan, and her 73-year-old husband Pius Mallam were freed from the abductors.Laurentia Laraba Mallam, the minister of the environmentThe money-thirsty kidnappers released the couple after their relatives paid a ransom after a series of negotiations.

READ ALSO: 5 popular kidnap cases that shook NigeriaThe information about their release was provided to Sahara Reporters by a compentent source close to the family.Recall thatthe duo were abducted onMonday, October 3, on their way to Kaduna from Abuja.The abductors reportedly demanded 10 million ransom to release them. The driver of Mallam was also shot on his hand by the gunmen.

READ ALSO: JUST IN: APC chieftain kidnapped in RiversIn a separate development Mrs Margaret Emefiele, the wife of CentralBank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, was kidnapped on Thursday, September 29, Thursday.She was released by her abductors just 24 hours after the incident. The criminals later confessed thatthey didn’t intend to kidnap Mrs Emefieleas it was a random operation.