Herdsmen free Anglican priest after N.6m ransom payment

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A week after his abduction by suspected herdsmen, an Anglican priest in Delta State, Rev. Anthony Oyi, has regained his freedom.

The priest was freed on Sunday evening, the Delta State Police Command confirmed.

The Herald recalls that Oyi, his wife and children were abducted alongside a family friend last Saturday.

The incident occurred on the priest’s farm at Issele-Mkpitime, Aniocha North Local Government area of the state.

However, his wife and children were freed same day with an instruction to go and organise the ransom to secure the release of their father and his friend.

Pleading anonymity, a source disclosed that the sum of N600,000 was paid to secure the victims’ release.

The Councilor representing Issele-Mpitime/Issele-Azagba in the Aniocha North Local Government Council, Mr Emmanuel Ikenwa, confirmed the release and stated that ransom was paid.

However, he declined to specify the amount paid.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeye, also confirmed the release of Oyi and his friend.

He maintained that the hoodlums behind the dastardly act were being trailed and would be brought to justice when apprehended.

The police spokesman stressed that the command would not allow criminals turn the state into a hotspot for their nefarious activities.

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