Kidnapped Edo PDP chairman regains freedom 11 days after

THE Edo State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Tony Aziegbemi, has regained freedom from his kidnappers after 11 days.

Aziegbemi was abducted by armed men on Friday, March 15, at 11 p.m. after a meeting with the governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki. 

The kidnappers demanded a ransom of N500 million to free him.

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A statement signed by Clem Aziegbemi, on behalf of the Aziegbemi family, appreciated Nigerians for the show of love and solidarity with the family throughout the period of the politician travails.

Meanwhile, Aziegbemi told PUNCH Online on Tuesday after his release that he was glad to be back home and reunited with his family. 

 He claimed that the kidnappers did not maltreat him and that kidnapping was part of “the terrain.” 

The ICIR reported that gunmen kidnapped Aziegbemon Friday, March 15.

The police authorities and the Edo State government confirmed the kidnap on Saturday, March 16.



    Aziegbemi was said to have left a meeting at the Government House and was returning home in his vehicle when he was kidnapped in the presence of his driver, who was attempting to climb a speed breaker.

    His abduction is one of many of such incidents in Nigeria.

    The ICIR, in a report published on Saturday, March 16, revealed that 703 persons were abducted in eight days under President Bola Tinubu despite his promises to secure Nigerians.

     These are in addition to many other kidnappings and killings that have taken place since he took over power on May 29, 2023.


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