Divisional Police Officer (DPO) attached to the Delta State police command who was allegedly kidnapped along the Benin-Asaba-Onitsha expressway has regained freedom.
The kidnapped DPO, identified as Mr. Okoro is in charge of Galilee Police Station, Ute-Ogbeje community in Ika North East Local Government Area of the state.
A very senior police officer in the state said that the victim was freed by his abductors after a ransom of N3 million was paid.
The said DPO was kidnapped between Onicha-Ugbo and Issele-Uku on the expressway last Friday by gunmen who shot sporadically before whisking him to unknown destination.
Officer Okoro was said to have breathed the sweet air freedom after the negotiated ransom was dropped at a designated location for the abductors to grab.
But the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adeyinka Adeleke however denied the incident and the subsequent payment of ransom, saying that it was the DPO’s friend that was allegedly kidnapped on the fateful day.
Adeleke who said he was in touch with the DPO, added that the police will never encourage anybody to pay ransom for their kidnapped friend or relative to be freed.