Edo PDP chair regains freedom after 11 days in captivity

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Tony Aziegbemi, chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state, has been released from captivity.


On March 15, Aziegbemi was kidnapped at the GRA area of Benin city, Edo state, while returning from a meeting with Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo.

The kidnappers reportedly contacted the family of the PDP chair to demand the sum of N500 million as ransom.


In the early hours of Tuesday, Aziegbemi reunited with his family after he was released.

According to NAN, Clem Aziegbemi, in a statement released on behalf of the family, said the PDP leader was released unhurt.

“As a member of the Aziegbemi family, we say thank you all for your great show of love and solidarity with us all through the period of the abduction of our beloved son, brother, cousin, and leader, Dr Tony Aziegbemi,” he said.

“Thank you, all… We are most grateful for all your valuable contributions through prayers and steadfastness. God bless.”