Imo police have said that the abducted former Chairman of Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Majesty, Eze Samuel Agunwa Ohiri, has been freed by his abductors.
The Command, through its Spokesman, Henry Okoye, disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday.
He said the operatives of Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the command went on a hot chase on the kidnappers at the forest and arrested one of the abductors while others fled away.
Okoye recalled that the command had earlier arrested one of the kidnappers who tipped the operatives on the hideout of others.
According to him, the hoodlums on sighting men of the command opened up fire on them as the operatives were able to get hold of a member of the kidnap gang.
“We have two of the kidnap suspects in our custody. One led to the arrest of the other. We are making frantic effort to get on the fleeing members.
“The Traditional Ruler has been released. We didn’t hear if paying any ransom earlier before their arrest. Although, he had been held captive for almost two weeks, pale and emotionally troubled, he is still hale and hearty,” the PPRO said.
Eze Ohiri was whisked away on the 6th of January, 2024 at his palace in Orodo Community, Mbaitoli LGA of Imo state.
He was the Chairman of Imo state Council of Traditional Rulers under the former Governor Rochas Okorocha and was said to have escaped repeated attempts of kidnap during his reign as the Chairman.