A senior official of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Kingsley Okorafor, who was kidnapped in the early hours of Saturday has regained his freedom.
Okorafor was abducted at his home town at Umuadara Umulogho autonomous community in Obowo Local Government Area of Imo State.
The victim was kidnapped while driving home from the wake of the Traditional Ruler of Ndihu autonomous community in Obowo LGA, Innocent Anyanwu, last Friday whose burial was scheduled for Saturday.
A community source had told our correspondent that the NDDC official was trailed by his kidnappers after he left the vigil to his community where he was abducted, leaving his car at the scene.
It was also gathered that the suspects had established contacts with the victim’s family and placed N10m as ransom for his release.
The traditional ruler of the community, Patrick Uwalaka, who earlier said that the development was unfortunate also celebrated the eventual release.
Our correspondent was unable to establish if any ransom was paid for the release of the NDDC official.
The Imo State Police Command spokesman, Micheal Abattam, never responded to an inquiry about the abduction and had to respond to an inquiry concerning his release as of the time of filing this report.
All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH.