The Kogi State Police Command has confirmed the release of the abducted Chairman of Yagba West Local Government Area, Pius Kolawole.
The state Police Commissioner, Ayuba Ede, confirmed this to newsmen today.
TheFact Nigeria had, on 2 May, reported the abduction of the council chairman while returning to Kogi State from Ilorin, Kwara State. He had been in the same vehicle with the Commissioner of the State’s Pension Board, Mr. Adebayo Solomon, who was killed by the gunmen.
A family source who spoke on the release earlier said the chairman was welcomed and received by jubilant supporters and family members in his hometown, Egbe.
According to the family source, the Council Chairman is hale and hearty and has reunited with his family and supporters.
While the police commissioner in the state said he was not aware of any ransom being paid to secure the council chairman’s release, he confirmed that combined efforts of police and other sister security agencies who had been combing the bush paid off on Wednesday leading to the release of the victim.
“He has regained freedom. Police and other sister agencies, hunters and vigilante men assisted by technology, mounted unrelenting pressure through a continued search of forests 24/7 until his release.
“I’m, however, not in the picture of any ransom payment,” the police commissioner added.