BY Emma Amaize & Akpokona Omafuaire, Ughelli
NINETY-YEAR-OLD Mrs. Egbeshire Otovwievwie, was released after spending six nights in the den of the kidnappers, who seized her from her Oviri-Olomu residence in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, last Friday.
The five-man kidnap gang had demanded N50 million for her release, but when the money was not forthcoming, they reduced the ransom to N10 million on Wednesday.
Mrs. Otovwievwie, mother of national Vice Chairman the National Union of Petroleum, Energy and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, and a top official of Nigeria Gas Company, NGC, was released at Okuodiete community in Okpe Local Government Area on Thursday morning.
It was not known if ransom was paid, but a community leader said, “The kidnappers called the son that the woman has been released at Okuodiete this morning (Friday). The son in turn then called community leaders who went to pick her.”
Another source, however said, “They dumped the woman on the road side and the community leaders who went to receive her drove her straight for admission in a private hospital in Agbarho for treatment.”
Ohworode of Olomu kingdom,HRM, Ovie R. L. Ogbon, Ogoni-Oghoro I, was joyous over the nonagenarian’s release. His words, “This is good news, I am happy that the woman has regained her freedom, I am happy that she was not hurt too.”
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