Elizabeth, younger sister to the wife of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, who was kidnapped last week in Asaba, the state capital, has regained her freedom.
A source at the Government House in Asaba, who confirmed the release, told our correspondent that the victim was freed in the early hours of Thursday following the payment of N200m ransom.
It would be recalled that Elizabeth was accosted by a gang of five stern-looking young men along the popular Anwai Road, near Temple Clinic Restaurant Junction, few metres away from the Government House gate and was whisked away in a waiting vehicle.
Confiding in our correspondent, a senior police office in the Delta State Command, who pleaded for anonymity, disclosed that, “The negotiations for the release of the young lady was kept top secret but she was released by 2:00am on Thursday after huge ransom was paid.
“The kidnap was kept secret hence the state Commissioner of Police refused to confirm the incident and the command will not also confirm her release as well.”
Commissioner of Police in the state, Adeyinka Adeleke, feigned ignorance of the development when contacted by our correspondent.