- The Edo state government has parted with a huge ransom for the release of Anthony Okungbowa
- Okungbowa, who is the Edo state head of service, was abducted outside Benin and his driver killed two days ago
- A family source said the ransom was paid through a collaboration between Anthony's family and the state government
The head of service for Edo state Anthony Okungbowa who was recently abducted has finally regained his freedom on Monday, December 21, after two days.
Okungbowa's freedom from the den of those who abducted him happened after the administration of Governor Godwin Obaseki paid a huge ransom, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathered that the police escort attached to the head of service was later confirmed dead following gunshot injuries he sustained when the abduction took place.
Though a member of Okungbowa’s family confirmed that the head of service was released in the evening, however, the exact amount paid as ransom was not revealed.
The family member only noted that Okungbowa regained his freedom hale and hearty after the demanded ransom was paid through a collaboration between Anthony's family and Edo state government.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the head of service for Edo state was on Saturday, December 19, kidnapped outside Benin, the state capital.
One of the drivers attached to Okungbowa was shot dead during the attack by the armed gang suspected to be kidnappers.
Speaking on the development, a security source in the state told journalists that the kidnap took place outside the capital.
In a related development, at least 35 commuters were on Friday, December 18, abducted by Boko Haram insurgents along Damaturu-Maiduguri road.
Military sources were quoted to have said the insurgents attacked a large convoy of commuters near Garin Kuturu in Jakana at about 5 pm on Friday.
The report added that the insurgents, who reportedly appeared in military uniforms, were said to have mounted a roadblock on the highway with five Hilux vans before taking away the passengers.
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