From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Two weeks after he was abducted in Ughelli town in Delta State by kidnappers, the proprietor of Kogbodi International Schools, Ughelli, Patrick Kogbodi has been released by his abductors after allegedly paying N2million ransom.
It was gathered that the ransom was paid at the weekend to secure his release at Emevor in Isoko North Local Government Area of the state after prolonged negotiations.
The victim, who was abducted by the hoodlums along Aroh road, Ughelli, was on his way to church service on the fateful day when he was waylaid and whisked away to an unknown destination where he was held in captive for two weeks.
Sources said before his abduction, Kogbodi had celebrated his 70th birthday the previous Saturday and at about 1.am on Saturday, the kidnappers called members of his family to go and drop the ransom of N10million at the place that was shown to them in Benin City ,Edo State but they pleaded with them and ended up paying N1million.
Briefing journalists in Asaba on Monday, the state Police Commissioner, Adeleke Adeyinka confirmed that the victim was released with the help of the Police, adding that investigation was ongoing with a view to ensuring the arrest of the suspects and denied any knowledge of ransom paid.
Meanwhile, the police has also confirmed the arrest of six suspected ritualists in Ogwashi Uku community on intelligence gathering, adding that investigation was ongoing on their activities before they were arrested.