The Acting Ejeh of Akpa, Alhaji Usman Sani who was kidnapped by unknown gunmen last week has regained his freedom.
Sani, a first class traditional ruler in Kogi State, who doubles as the Director of Local Government in Ankpa was kidnapped on Friday, 18th December, 2020, at about 5:30am, while entering a Mosque in Ankpa.
He was released by his abductors on Sunday.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Kogi State, DSP William Ovye Aya confirmed the released in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Monday.
However, he could not ascertain the exact time when the monarch was released by his abductors.
He said the State Commissioner of Police Ede Ayuba Ekpeji gave a directive that officers of the Nigerian Police should be drafted to scene of the incident and comb every areas within the Eastern axis to ensure the release of the traditional.
The Police PPRO however debunked reports that the monarch was released after the families gave ransom to the kidnappers.
According to him, the monarch was released unhurt, and had since reunited with his family.
“I am not aware of any ransom paid to the kidnappers. The kidnappers were under pressure after our officers were drafted to the scene of the incident and other strategic areas that could lead to their water loo. With this, they had no option than to release him immediately. We are making frantic. effort to arrest those criminals behind this act. Kogi can never be a safe haven for criminals in the state” he stated.
On the kidnap of a former Chairman of Olamaboro Local Government Area of Kogi State, Barrister Isaac Emmanuel Ekpa, the PPRO told our correspondent that the Police is working round the clock to secure his release.
It could be recalled that Ekpa was abducted on Friday, 18th December, 2020, around Ochadamu in Ofu Local Government Area of the state while on his way to his country home.
Ekpa, who according to family source, is the current aide to a serving Senator from Kogi East was said to be making preparations for his late father’s burial before the sad event took place.
It was however gathered that while the kidnappers are demanding for N25 million ransom, the family of the victim was negotiating to pay N1 million for his release.