Kidnaped former Commissioner for culture and tourism in Imo State, Alex Ogwazuo has been freed by his abductors.
Confirming his release in a telephone interview with The Agenda Online Saturday, Ogwazuo explained that he was released after payment of a ransom of Two Million Naira (N2m).
“What happened was that my family paid N2m ransom before I was released. After paying the ransom, on our way back, we had issues with the military, who intercepted the vehicle. I stayed in captivity for six days. They collected the money at about 7pm on Thursday, but waited until 1am on Friday, before they took me out. Where they were taking us from, we saw a military patrol that suspected the vehicle. The military vehicle turned and chased them and in the course of tension, they ran into a ditch and abandoned us there. We were almost shot by the military, but for the fact that I was shouting; which now made them realize that we were there, in captivity. The military men now rescued us, took us to the Barrack and eventually freed us yesterday, Friday.”
“When I got there, after my kidnap, I met three persons in captivity. I was the 4th person. They later brought in one other victim, making us five. The same day my family paid, one of the other victims also paid and was freed. As at the time we left, three victims were remaining in their captivity.”
Lamenting over what he described as poor equipment of the security agencies, Ogwazue faulted a security tracking report on their whereabouts, saying that the report’s claim of the area he was kept was very far from actual.
He therefore called for proper equipping of the Police and other law enforcement agencies, to enable them perform better.
Asked if his abduction was political, Ogwazue retorted, “I do not know if it was political. I am not suspecting anybody.”
He however called on his abductors to refrain from evil and live decent lives.
It would be recalled that Alex Ogwazuo, who also served as Chairman of Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission-ISOPADEC, was kidnapped by hoodlums last weekend while attending a social function in Owerri, Imo State capital.
The attackers took him away in his Sports Utility Vehicle.