Almost two weeks after his kidnap by unknown gunmen, Chairman of the Caretaker Committee, Ahoada East Local Government Area, Rivers State, Chief Cassidy Ikegbidi, has finally regained his freedom.
Ikegbidi was released on Monday 4 May. Sources close to the local government said no ransom was paid to effect his relase.
The council boss was kidnapped on April 18, 2015 at his residence in Yiboko community by unidentified gunmen in camouflage .
For many days, members of his family and his colleague had anxety over Ikegbidi’s safety as his captors refused to contact any of them for ransom.
Press Secretary to the council chairman, Mr. Blessed Oyagiri, said on Monday that Ikegbidi was currently receiving treatment.
Oyagiri explained that everybody in the local government area was glad at the release of the chairman, adding that Ikegbidi was released without any ransom.
“The chairman has been released. He was released unconditionally as no ransom was paid. The family members, friends and the workers in the council are very happy. Right now, he is receiving treatment. I think he has stayed there for almost two weeks,” he said
Confirming Ikegbidi’s release from the kidnappers’ den, the Assistant Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Grace Iringe-Koko, said that the police worked towards ensuring the release of the council chairman.
Iringe also said that although Ikegbidi had been released, efforts were in top gear to ensure that those behind his abductionwere apprehended and brought to justice.
“I can confirm to you that the Chairman of Ahoada East Local Government Area, who was kidnapped a few weeks ago, has regained his freedom. The police mounted pressure on the kidnappers before they released him,” Iringe-Koko added.
The police spokesperson warned those involved in criminal activities to desist or be ready to face the wrath of the law whenever they were caught.