Ike Nnachi, Abakaliki
The two abducted Afikpo natives in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State who were kidnapped on New Year day have regained their freedom.
The duo, one Mike and the sister, all based in the US, were released on Wednesday evening in an unknown location after the family paid an undisclosed ransom running into several millions of Naira.
A source close to the family, who could not disclose more details about what transpired before their release, said that the duo have been taken to a hospital for medical examination.
“At least they’ve come back alive and we thank everybody for their prayers.”
The hoodlums had invaded Afikpo community on New Year day and stormed the residence of the victims at Ndibe Beach Road and abducted two persons while one lady was killed in the process.
Another person was shot and is currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Abakaliki.
The kidnap gang numbering five were said to have trailed the victims who came in from US and London for the Yuletide holidays.
The hoodlums had called a member of the family shortly after whisking away their victims to an unknown destination and demanded for N50m as ransom.
It was not immediately clear the exact amount paid as ransom, but an unconfirmed source said “the kidnappers collected quite a reasonable sum of money before releasing their victims.”