The kidnapped head of the Edo (HoS) state service, Anthony Okungbowa, has regained his freedom from the kidnapper’s lair, where he had been since Saturday night, after the Godwin Obaseki administration paid a huge ransom.
Okungbow was seized under a gun after blasphemy killed his driver on the spot, while his police escort disappeared, but it was later confirmed that he was dead from gunshot wounds he sustained while returning from a social event as the attack took place along Oze Put in the Orhionmwon area of Edo State.
A member of the Okungbow family, who spoke on the phone last night, confirmed that the traumatized service chief was released on Monday night, but that the exact amount paid as a ransom had not been released.
A family member simply said, “Barr. Okungbowa gained his freedom today, after paying the required ransom. It was so obvious that the kidnappers were looking for money. As soon as they received a huge amount of money, the head of the Edo state service, who is great and hearty, was allowed to leave. The ransom was paid through the cooperation of the family and the government of the state of Edo.
“I will not give further details, because officers and people of the Edo State Police Command, led by CP Babatunde Kokum, are now AIG (Assistant Inspector General of Police) still investigating the barbaric incident, which is capable of driving investors from Southsouth states (Edo). “
A family member was unhappy that the riotous kidnappers killed a police officer and driver Okungbowe, who moved the service chief into the woods, noting that the unfortunate police officer died of complications from gunshot wounds while claiming the driver died on the spot. from rain bullets.
The source said: “Members of the Barr family. Okungbowa thank God that our brother was released and in good health. However, we are sad that heartless criminals killed his police escort and driver. “
Police Commissioner Edo Babatunde Kokumo and State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Chidi Nwabuzor, a police supervisor (SP), declined to comment on Okungbowa’s release and huge ransom last night, but a top police officer, who spoke in confidence, confirmed that ransom in millions of naira and that the head of the service was reunited with his family, after medical assistance.
Uncertainty in the state of Edo was heightened by the October 19 invasion of lunatics who abducted peaceful #EndSARS protests, the Maximum Correctional Center (White House) on Sapela Road and the Oko Middle Correctional Center on the airport road, both in Benin, leading to a 1993 prisoner escape. , who immediately returned to the crimes.
The attacks also destroyed seven police stations in the state of Edo, during the #EndSARS protest, with large caches of weapons, ammunition, police uniforms and other valuables taken away, while the vehicles of police officers and visitors, as well as the exhibited vehicles, were burned. , with divisional police officers (DPOs) and officers of destroyed police stations now operating from Edo Police Headquarters in the Government Reservation Area (GRA), Benin.