Calabar businessman pays N10m ransom, dies after release

CALABAR—A popular businessman in Calabar,
Chief Kenneth Ekeanyanwu Okpala, released after
being held in captivity for a week by suspected
kidnappers after payment of N10 million ransom
by his family reportedly died yesterday morning.

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According to a family source, Chief Okpala, who
owned a popular bakery in Calabar, reportedly
died in a private hospital, where he was said to be
receiving treatment from injuries inflicted on
him by his abductors while in captivity.

Grace, a cousin to the man, said: “He was severely
tortured by the kidnappers to ask for more money
after we had paid N5 million, but he fell sick
while with the abductors which made them to
release him, so we had to take him to a private
hospital. Unfortunately, he died this morning

The Ngor Okpala, Imo State born businessman
was abducted from his apartment in Calabar in
the early hours of last week Tuesday.

He happened to be one of the prominent
businessmen kidnapped in the city in recent
times which has sent fears into many
businessmen in the city prompting them to go
underground or relocate temporarily for fears of
being kidnapped.

The Cross Rivers State Police spokesman, Mr.
John Eluu, said some arrests had been made and
more investigations in progress to stop the tide of


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