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JUST IN: Kidnapped Ekiti Commissioner regains freedom



The abducted Ekiti State Commissioner for Agriculture, Folorunso Olabode, has been released by his captors.

Olabode was abducted last week alongside one Mrs. Taiwo Bosede on his way to his hometown in Iye-Ekiti.

A serving councilor at Ilejemeje local government area of the state, Mr. Olatunji Omotosho, who was also with the duo in the car, was killed by the gunmen.

However, the woman was released by the hoodlums on Friday.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Asuquo Amba, who confirmed the development, said the commissioner was released on Monday.

Amba, who spoke through the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Sunday Abutu, said Olabode was released unhurt and in high spirit.

Amba said: “The commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Folorunso Olabode, who was kidnapped a few days ago has been released. I can confirm to you.

“We are happy that he was in high spirits when he was released. We are assuring the good people of Ekiti State that the police will do all within their powers to make Ekiti safe for all residents.

“The kidnap of the commissioner was just an isolated case. Our men are working hard to ensure that Ekiti doesn’t become a beehive of criminals and that we shall achieve.”

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The state Governor, Kayode Fayemi, in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Muyiwa Olumilua, also confirmed Olabode’s release.

He said: “He was released a few hours ago unhurt, and has since rejoined his family.”

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