Monday Ifoghere, the kidnapped head of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Delta State Chapter, and his wife were released by their kidnappers after seven days in their possession.
On Sunday, the duo was reportedly released around 5 a.m. near the Eku axis in the State’s Ethiope East Local Government Area.
However, Metro has learned that the family paid the N12 million ransom with the help of associates and well-wishers.
Days after they were kidnapped, the kidnappers demanded N200 million, which was later cut to N100 million, and eventually N12 million.
Deacon Ifoghere and his wife were abducted on Sunday, December 12, 2021, while coming from a family gathering in Ughelli near the Okro market in Egbo, Kokori in the Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State.
The patients have subsequently been hospitalized and are being treated at an unnamed hospital, according to our source.
While verifying the husband and wife’s release, NAPPS National Vice President (South-South), Dr. Ochuko Akpeme, told journalists that the news had lifted his spirits and that he was grateful to God.
“My excitement knows no bounds.” It’s a divine release. It was God who made it possible,” he said, thanking NAPPS members from around Delta State for their support.
As of the time of reporting this story, the police Public Relations Officer for Delta State Command, Bright Edafe, could not be reached for comment on the event.