Richard Ginika Izuora
The Head of Service of Edo State, Mr Anthony Okungbowa, has been freed his abductors.
Okungbowa was abducted on Saturday evening by unknown gunmen.
The incident occurred along Oza Road, in Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State.
The HoS was released by his abductors on Monday night according to a family source, who pleaded anonymity.
A family source disclosed that Okungbowa was set free after payment of an undisclosed amount as ransom demanded by his kidnappers; even as he added that the HoS was hale and hearty since his release.
The source disclosed that the ransom was paid through a collaboration between the family and the State Government.
“We just want to thank God that our brother has been set free and in good health condition,” said the source.
However, the source lamented that the Police orderly attached to the HoS; who was shot during the process of the abduction, died on Monday evening. The orderly died following complications from the gun shot injury he sustained during the kidnapping incident.
The driver of the HoS was shot by the gunmen before abducting him; as he was returning to Benin after attending a local event in Oza.