By Chioma Obinna
Four abducted staff of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, have been released. Director-General of the Agency, Dr Paul Orhii, who announced this at a press conference, weekend, in Lagos said the staff were released unconditional.
According to him, â€œthe first abducted staff was released Thursday morning, while the second was on Friday morning and the last two men Friday afternoon.â€
Orhii who admitted that the events of the last five days had been intriguing and challenging, condemned the gruesome murder of one of his staff,Â Mr. Emeka Wohley during his visit to his village, Mbaise in Imo State and the subsequent kidnap of the four staff on condolence visit to the deceasedâ€™s village.
His words,Â â€œthese were condemnable and sad incidents. As mortals, death is an inevitable call that we must all answer one day but we are indeed shocked and pained by the dastardly assassination of Mr. Wohley. The Agency sympathises with the widow of the deceased officer and other members of his family.â€
The NAFDAC boss who further recalled that last month, some NAFDAC officers at Osun State were beaten and almost killed by angry mob while performing their statutory duties, appealed to the Police and other law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned until the perpetrators of the heinous act were apprehended.
On whether any ransom was paid before their release, he declined comment, saying investigation is ongoing on the murder and kidnap saga.
Expressing his deep appreciation to the police, State Security Service,SSS, Office of the National Adviser and other security agencies on the roles they played, he assured that â€œNAFDAC will remain unwavered, unshaken and avowedly committed to protecting and safeguarding the lives of over 150 million Nigerians and other residents without fear, favour or hindrance.â€