The police in Bayelsa State have denied paying a ransom , who was released by his captors yesterday.
Mr. Ebebi was one of the 12 policemen who
Alex Akhigbe, a spokesman for the Bayelsa Police Command who confirmed the Ebebi’s release yesterday, however denied that such a ransom was paid by the police.
“We did not pay a dime to secure his freedom,” he said. “The Police does not even have that kind of money to pay kidnappers.”
Ebebi, a police corporal who has spent seven years in the service, was reportedly treated for minor gunshot injuries at the emergency ward of the Federal Medical Centre in Yenagoa. A medical officer who saw him said that the policeman’s injuries were not life-threatening.
Ebebi was discharged by the hospital on Thursday morning. He then reported at the state police headquarters in Yenagoa for debriefing.
A security source said that the gunmen kidnapped Ebebi after killing his colleagues and took him to a militant camp in the creeks.
The elder brother of the survivor, Victor Ebebi, confirmed that his brother had reunited with the family.
Thanking God that his brother had survived, Victor said that the police had earlier told his family that Lucky was only kidnapped but that they remained apprehensive.
“When they brought the corpses at the Jetty they did not allow us access to the place to see if he was among the dead. We even went to the mortuary to check if his body was among those recovered but the bodies were beyond recognition,” he said.