The traditional ruler of Umueze Nguru community in Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, Eze Charles Iroegbu, his cabinet chiefs, and palace guards have been released.
The monarch, his five cabinet chiefs, and two palace guards regained their freedom on Saturday, three days after their abduction.
Recall that Iroeugbu, owner and Chief Executive Officer of All States Mass Transit, alongside seven others were kidnapped after attending a traditional wedding ceremony in the Ehime Mbano LGA of the state on Wednesday.
However, a source in the palace told The PUNCH on Saturday said that the entire community was jubilating over the safe return of the monarch, the cabinet chiefs, and the two palace guards.
The source said, “Go and tell it to the whole world, my king, our king, the symbol of authority in our kingdom has been released. His cabinet chiefs and two palace guards who were kidnapped with him on Wednesday were also freed by the kidnappers. They returned to the kingdom this morning.”
As of the time of filing this report, Imo State Police Command could not confirm the release of the kidnap victims.
It was also gathered that the kidnap incident was not reported at any police formation in the state.