Kidnapped Edo commissioner freed

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Edo State Commissioner for Science and Technology Emmanuel Agbale, a lawyer, kidnapped last Friday, has been freed.

The Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Benin branch, Douglas Ogbankwa, last night, confirmed Agbale’s release.

Ogbankwa said: “Barr. Emmanuel Agbale has been released. I spoke with his wife, Mrs. Paula Agbale, who confirmed her husband’s release and she expressed her gratitude to friends and well wishers for their prayers and support.

“As an association, we are not happy with the kidnap of Barr. Agbale. We will not hesitate to resume our boycott of courts, if the kidnap of lawyers in Edo State continues.”

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It was gathered that the kidnappers obtained ransom before the commissioner was released, but the exact amount could not be ascertained at press time.

Agbale was immediately taken for medical checkup in an undisclosed hospital.

Edo police spokesman Chidi Nwabuzor, a Deputy Superintendent, could not be reached last night.

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