Kidnapped former Edo commissioner found dead
Mr. Presley Ediagbonya, a former commissioner for youths and sports in Edo state did not make it alive from his abductors.
His body was found on Friday night abandoned in a forest.
Hopes by family members that he would be found alive have now been dashed.
The family had disputed an earlier report of his death, after they paid N5 million ransom to his kidnappers.
The former commissioner was abducted in his farm at Utese village, Ovia North-East LGA of the state on 16 May by the armed kidnappers.
The Edo Police command announced the discovery of Ediagbonya’s body in a statement Saturday morning by its spokesman, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor.
Ediagbonya’s body was said to have been found by some farmers in a forest at Utese, a village sharing boundary with Ondo state.
Nwabuzor said: “Edo state police command wishes to inform the general public that on Friday the 29th of May, 2020 at about 6.30pm, the remains of Hon P. E. Ediagbonya, a former commissioner for youth and sports, Edo state, was found by some farmers in a forest sharing boundary with Ondo state at Utese village.
“The farmers who were uneasy and apprehensive about the horrible sight, rushed to the village to break the news.
“They thereafter moved to the divisional police headquarters, Okada, and reported the development to the Divisional Police Officer of the station.
“Immediately, the DPO mobilized his men, contacted the medical team of Igbinedion University Okada, and moved to the forest, in company of the deceased family and the community people.
“At the scene, the remains of Hon P. E. Ediagbonya was identified to be him by his family.
“And immediately his remains was professionally evacuated and taken to Igbinedion University Hospital mortuary, Okada, for autopsy examination.”
Confusion had arisen over the whereabouts of Ediagbonya, following reports that he was killed by his abductors two days after his abduction.
But his family members denied his death.
A family spokesman described Ediagbonya’s death report as “hasty.”
He told journalists on phone: “The abductors requested for N10 million ransom and we (family members) pleaded for N5 million.
“The abductors thereafter asked us to pay the ransom at a location in Asaba, Delta State; and we complied.
“Few hours later, the abductors sent the family text message that our brother had been killed.
“So, what I am saying is that the abductors only claimed they have killed my brother, but by the grace of God, I know he will come out alive.”
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