He was abducted two weeks ago at a filing station in the State capital, Umuahia.

The Abia State Police Command had confirmed that he was kidnapped, but the DVC was said to have been released on Tuesday night by his abductors.

According to family sources, the kidnappers had earlier demanded a ransom of N35 million before reducing it to N20 million with threats that he will be killed if the money was not raised before the deadline given.

“The kidnappers had released footage of how they tortured the professor and threatened to kill him if the family failed to pay N20 million before the end of Saturday last week,” the source stated.

Professor Emezue, who was tortured in captivity, is currently receiving medical attention in an undisclosed hospital.