Abducted Edo HoS Regains Freedom

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By Adibe Emenyonu

The Edo State Head of Service (HoS), Mr Anthony Okungbowa, who was kidnapped by some gunmen on Saturday evening along Oza Road, in Orhionmwon Local Government Area of the state has been set free by his abductors

The HoS was said to have been released by his abductors at about 9:15 p.m. yesterday night, according to a family source who pleaded anonymity.

According to the source, Okungbowa was set free after payment of ransom as demanded by his kidnappers.

The source who however declined to mention the amount paid, said that the HoS is hail and healthy.

He said that the ransom was paid through 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.

The source however regretted that the police orderly to the HoS who was shot during the process of his abduction died on Monday evening following complication from the gun shot injury he sustained.

Also shot dead by the abductors was the driver to the HoS

Okungbowa was abducted when he was returning to Benin after attending a local event in Oza, a community in Orhiomwon Local Government Area of the state.