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April 17, 2024

Just in: Abducted wife of Ortom’s former CoS, maid regain freedom

Just in: Abducted wife of Ortom’s former CoS, maid regain freedom

By Peter Duru, Makurdi 

The wife of Mr. Terwase Orbunde, former Chief of Staff to former Governor Samuel Ortom, Mrs. Abigail Orbunde, and her maid Patience Ogute have regained their freedom. 

Recall that armed men suspected of being herders last Friday attacked Mr. Orbunde, his wife, and maid at his farm along Mobile Barracks-Welfare Quarters Road in the outskirts of Makurdi. 

The marauders who shot the former CoS in the arm whisked his wife and maid away, after which a demand of N100 million ransom was made for their release. 

The release of the duo was contained in a statement on the verified social media handle of a close associate of the family, Mr. Tahav Agerzua. 

Mr. Agerzua said in a statement that Mrs. Orbunde and her maid “regained their freedom Tuesday, April 16, 2024, after an undisclosed amount was paid as ransom to their abductors, who had demanded N100 million.” 

He stated that “the captives spent four harrowing days in captivity before their release. They have reunited with some of their family members and taken to hospital for immediate medical attention. 

“Mrs Orbunde expressed gratitude to God for their deliverance and said they walked long distances in the bush without food and water. 

“Her husband, who is receiving treatment in hospital for gunshot wounds, thanked God and all those who stood with the family through prayers and financial contributions that have secured their release.”