A former Commissioner for Youths and Sports in Edo State, Mr Presley Ediagbonya has been found dead.
Indeed, the remains of the ex-Commissioner, Ediagbonya was recovered 14 days after he was abducted. Specifically, Ediagbonya was kidnapped from his farm at Utese, Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state. The incident took place in the early hours of May 16.
The deceased’s body was recovered from a forest near a cassava farm.
His abductors who initially asked for N15 million ransom later directed the family to drop N2 million in Patani; a border town between Delta and Bayelsa. Shortly after the family dropped the ransom; the abductors were said to have sent an SMS to the family that their father’s body was in a cassava farm near Utese where he was kidnapped.
It was gathered that a team of hunters and farmers discovered the remains of Ediagbonya; as they were attracted to where the body was abandoned by a strong stench.
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The Police Public Relations Officer in Edo, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the recovery.
Further, he said the body was found “by some farmers in a forest sharing boundary with Ondo State at Utese village.”
Nwabuzor said the farmers who were uneasy and apprehensive about the horrible sight; rushed to the village to break the news. Thereafter, he stated that they moved to the Divisional Police Headquarters, Okada; where they reported the development to the Divisional Police Officer.
He said: “At the scene, the remains of Ediagbonya was identified by his family and was professionally evacuated to Igbinedion University Teaching Hospital mortuary, Okada, for autopsy.
“To this end, the Command deeply commiserates with the immediate family and prays to God to give them the fortitude to bear the loss and vows to fish out the killers of the illustrious son of Utese village.”