Ugo Nosiri, Owerri
The former Chairman of Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Samuel Agunwa Ohiri, has countered social media report crediting his recent freedom from kidnappers to the intervention of the operatives of the Police.
Eze Ohiri while speaking to newsmen at his palace, said that he would have kept quiet since the Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, had earlier dismissed their claims but however deemed it necessary to keep the records straight by letting the general public know that the Police did not play any role for him to regain freedom.
He maintained that his freedom from his abductors was a divine intervention of the Almighty God, his powerful prayers, monetary involvement and support from his family and well wishers.
Narrating his ordeal, Eze Ohiri disclosed that some armed able-bodied men whom he met within his Palace on January 6, 2024, double-crossed his vehicle on his way back from visiting a friend, pulled him out of his vehicle and whisked him away in their own vehicle after a horrible struggle.
“They blind-folded me and zoomed off to an unknown destination. I was first of all kept in an uncompleted building before I was transferred to another place. The twelve days I spent in their den, I saw hell,” he narrated.
“luckily for me their leader came to the camp and ordered them not to torture me that I am a decent man. At that point, negotiation began between my people and the kidnappers. That eventually resulted in me regaining freedom after first and second ransoms were paid,” Eze Ohiri said.
The former Eze Imo said that his abductors have heavy bitterness for Ndi Eze and politicians, and called on Igbos to collectively help to build and safe-guide igboland by not bringing fears and threats to the land.
He thanked in a special way those that facilitated his freedom from the kidnappers’ den noting that such experience is not what one would wish his enemies.