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Abducted Edo HoS Okungbowa regains freedom after ransom paid

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Head of Service of Edo state, Mr Anthony Okungbowa has regained his freedom, two days after he was abducted by gunmen.

He was released by his abductors on Monday night according to a family source, who pleaded anonymity.

The source said that Okungbowa was set free after payment of an undisclosed amount as ransom demanded by his kidnappers and that the HoS was hale and hearty since his release.

The family source disclosed that the ransom was paid through a 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, lamented that the Police orderly attached to the HoS, who was shot during the process of the abduction, died on Monday evening following complications from the gunshot injury he sustained.

The driver of the HoS was shot dead by the gunmen before abducting him, as he was returning to Benin after attending a local event in Oza.

He was kidnapped on Oza Road, in Orhionmwon Local Government Area of the state.

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