Security operatives rescue abducted Imo monarch

The Imo State Police Command, on Thursday, said its operatives have rescued the immediate past chairman of the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, Samuel Ohiri, from the kidnappers’ den, PUNCH reports.

Ohiri was kidnapped from his residence in Orodo Mbaitoli Local Government Area of the state and taken away by some unknown gunmen on Saturday, January 6.

Confirming the development to PUNCH Online early Thursday, the state Police Public Relations Officer,  Henry Okoye, disclosed that, based on the directive of the state Commissioner of Police, Danjuma Aboki, the command immediately swung into action.

“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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