Hopes of the imminent release of human rights lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, who has been kinapped for two weeks have risen, following the kidnappers’ release of the chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Athanasius Ugbome, who was abducted with him.
Ugbome regained his freedom at 1am, yesterday, less than 14 hours after the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Funso Adebanjo and his counterpart in Delta State, Ikechukwu Aduba reportedly mapped out strategies to secure the victims’ release.
It was gathered that there were disagreements between the kidnappers and the family as regards the payment of ransom.
An independent radio station in Edo State had earlier announced Ozekhome’s release, but his purported release is yet to be confirmed. It can however be confirmed that Ugbome was released yesterday.
Confirming Ugbome’s release, his elder brother Paschal, in a short message, said: “Praise be to God, he has been released.”
Sources at the Edo State Police Command also confirmed the release of Ugbome, adding: “We are also expecting the release of Ozekhome any moment from now. Like we said earlier, we want him released unhurt and that we are working on.”
Ozekhome’s community Iviukwe, Agenebode, continued their fasting and prayers for the release of their son, after it became clear he might still be at the kidnappers’ den.
Police sources said discussions between the family and the kidnappers had been fruitful and he may be freed today.