BENIN—the candidate of the All Progressives Congress for Owan West Constituency, Mike Ohio-Ezomo, kidnapped in his country home near Uzebba was released Saturday night in Owo, Ondo State after 38 days in his kidnappers’ den.
It was gathered that his family members, who had struggled to raise the ransom demanded in hard currency , were reportedly taken round his area, then to Ore in Ondo state, Shagamu in Ogun state and eventually to Owo, where they were asked to drop the ransom before their brother was released.
Ohio-Ezomo was abducted on January 23 at his Eme Ora residence by gun men after his police orderly was killed.
Deputy Governor of the State, Comrade Phillip Shaibu , had dropped a hint about his release Saturday afternoon at a meeting with APC leaders from Edo North when he assured them that Ezomo would be released before Saturday, March 9 for the House of Assembly polls.
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The Edo State Police spokesman, Mr. Chidi Nwanbuzor, confirmed news of the release, yesterday, in Benin.
He said that the ex-lawmaker was let go unhurt by his kidnappers at a spot near Afuze, the headquarters of neighbouring Owan East local government area.
He said that he didn’t know if ransom was paid by the family to secure the release of the politician.
The kidnappers had reportedly demanded a sum of N100 million from the family to effect the freedom of their prisoner but Nwanbuzor denied any knowledge of the payment of ransom money.