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On Tuesday, Police in Osun state has disclosed the rescue of one Yinka Okunade who was kidnapped on Osu-Ife Expressway on April 24.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted Spokesperson Yemisi Opalola as saying on Tuesday that Okunade was freed at 10 pm on Monday after intense police pressure on the kidnappers.

“This is to inform members of the public that due to intensive pressure on the kidnappers by the police, Okunade, who was kidnapped on April 24, has been released,” she stated.

Anambra State Commissioner for Public Utilities, Emeka Ezenwanne has been set free at about 1 am on Sunday.

Ezenwanne disclosed that his abductors did not mistreat him. He added that no ransom was paid before his freedom.

Police spokesman Ikenga Tochukwu said Ezenwanne’s freedom followed a joint intense search by the military, police, and other security agencies.

“The commissioner returned home unhurt in the early hours of April 4. He was abducted following the attack at Isuofia Civic Center, where three policemen were killed. Five suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident and there is a manhunt for the fleeing others,” he said.

Unknown gunmen, who kidnapped a chieftain of All Progressives Congress, (APC) in Cross River State, Mr Dominic Aqua Edem, have demanded N50m ransom.

It was gathered that the abductors got in touch with the family on Sunday and commenced negotiation for his release.As of the time of filing this report, negotiation was still on but the family members pleaded that much should not be made public until the man is released.

Source declined further comment but noted that Mr Edem, a lawyer, was a two-time member of the Cross River State House of Assembly representing Bakassi State Constituency and that he had been kidnapped twice.

“He was a member representing Cross River on the board of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC. He was kidnapped in his farm in his village in Ifiang, in Bakassi local government area,”

Newsmen reported that the victim was kidnapped in 2015 when he contested for the House of Representatives for Bakassi/Akpabuyo/Calabar South federal constituency and was released after ransom was paid.

The Deputy Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Igri Ewa had confirmed the abduction, but said the police were making efforts to rescue the victim.

The Rivers State Police Command has announced the release of Mrs. Chidiebere Onyia, a nursing mother and an employee of the Nigeria Television Authority, Port Harcourt Zonal office,who was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Woji, Rivers State last Tuesday, by her kidnappers.

The kidnappers had blocked her vehicle and taken her away, leaving her colleagues who were with her behind. She spent five days in captivity.

Nnamdi Omoni, the speaker for the state police command, in a statement on Sunday, said Ovia’s releases as a Valentine’s Day gift. According to Omoni, the kidnappers abandoned Ovia and fled on sighting the police. 

The Rivers State Police Command said “it’s pleased to announce the unconditional release of Chidiebere Onyia, a reporter with NTA Port Harcourt who was kidnapped last week. The rescue was made possible due to the intense pressure mounted by the Command as directed by the authority.”

Her abductors on seeing the red flag and oblivious of the fact that were closing in on them, however bowed to the seeming pressure and abandoned her, from where she was sighted and rescued. 

She is currently receiving medical attention and will be debriefed and released to reunite with her waiting family.”

However, newsmen could not ascertain if any money was paid before she was released.