The Imo Commissioner of Police, Danjuma Aboki said security agencies have successfully rescued the kidnapped former chairman of the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Samuel Ohiri.
The abduction of the traditional ruler occurred approximately two weeks ago when gunmen invaded his palace, coinciding with the state’s celebration of a crime-free Christmas and New Year festivities.
The Police Commissioner, in a statement on Thursday, January 18, by the Police Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, SP Henry Okoye, revealed that the intense pursuit by law enforcement forces compelled the kidnappers to abandon the traditional ruler.
He said the monarch was successfully rescued unharmed in an undisclosed forest.
Okoye said: “Recall the Command has been working assiduously in synergy with other security agencies towards ensuring that Eze Ohiri is released and some arrests have been made.
“To the glory of God, he has been released, after a hot chase on his kidnappers in the forest by operatives of the Command’s Anti-kidnapping unit.
“The Command will continue to work towards stamping out all forms of violent crimes in the State. CP Danjuma reaffirms the Command’s resolve to work harmoniously with the Military and other security agencies in stamping out violent crimes in the State.”