Abducted Imo Monarch Regains Freedom

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Samuel Ohiri, the immediate past chairman of the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, was freed from the kidnappers’ cave on Thursday, according to the Imo State Police Command.

On Saturday, January 6, Ohiri was abducted from his home in the state’s Orodo Mbaitoli Local Government Area and carried away by some unidentified gunmen.

Early on Thursday, state Police Public Relations Officer Henry Okoye confirmed the event to PUNCH Online. He said that the command promptly took action after receiving a directive from state Commissioner of Police Danjuma Aboki.

“Yes, he has been released. Immediately he was kidnapped, the Commissioner of Police directed the command’s Special Tactical teams, in synergy with the military and other security agencies and hunt down the hoodlums responsible for the dastardly act, which they did swung into action.”

“And God so kind, we were able to arrest one of the kidnappers,” he said.

He noted that the security operatives were able to secure the release of the monarch after the kidnap syndicate was forced to release him due to immense pressure mounted on them.

Okoye added that efforts are in place to arrest other members of the syndicate.

Ohiri is the traditional ruler of Orodo and served as the council chairman under the administration of former Governor, Rochas Okorocha.

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