Tony Osauzo, Benin

Abducted Edo State House of Assembly candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Owan West Constituency, Mike Ohio-Ezomo, has been released after 38 days in captivity.

Ohio-Ezomo was abducted on January 23 at his Sabongida Ora residence by gunmen after his police orderly was killed.

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Family sources said he was released Saturday night at a village near Owo in Ondo State after paying a ransom.

Edo State deputy governor, Phillip Shaibu, had dropped a hint last Saturday at a meeting with APC leaders from Edo North, where he assured them that Ezomo would be freed before Saturday, March 9, for the House of Assembly polls.