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Kidnapped PDP members regain freedom

THREE leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party abducted in Port Harcourt on February 26, 2014, regained their freedom on Thursday.

The chairman of the party in Port Harcourt Local Government Area, Mr. Ikechi Chinda, a former member of the Federal House of Representatives, Mr. Chinyere Igwe, and Allwell Ihunda were abducted while in a meeting.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin, who confirmed the release of the party leaders, said they were set free at different times on Thursday.

Ogunsakin disclosed that while Ihunda regained his freedom in the morning, Igwe and Chinda were released in the evening.

The state commissioner of police said the security operatives were working round the clock to apprehend those behind the abduction.

Also confirming their release, the Special Adviser on Media to the state PDP Chairman, Mr. Jerry Needam, said “Yes, they have been released. Allwell Ihunda was released at about 10am while Ikechi Chinda and Chinyere Igwe were released around 5.30pm today.”

On whether ransom was paid for the release of the PDP members, Needam said he was not aware if money was paid to secure their freedom.

It was, however, gathered that an undisclosed sum of money was paid to secure the release of Igwe and Chinda.

It will be recalled that the abduction of the PDP leaders had sparked confusion as the PDP in the state pointed finger at the state governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi.

The party had given the governor a 72-hour ultimatum to ensure the release of their kidnapped members or risk the “mother of all protests” from the PDP.

But the Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress dismissed the state PDP’s claim and threatened to drag it (PDP) to court over the allegation against the governor.

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