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Soludo: Abducted commissioner regains freedom

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Anambra Commissioner for Public Utilities, Emeka Ezenwanne, who was kidnapped by gunmen on Wednesday during an attack on a former governor of the Central Bank, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, has been released.

Recall that Soludo was having an interactive session with some youths in his hometown, Isuofia, in the Aguata Local Government Area of the state when the hoodlums struck and abducted the Commissioner.

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Three policemen on duty on the occasion were killed and their guns taken away.

A source said, “I just spoke to the Commissioner, he has been freed and he is in good health too. He was released at about 1am on Easter day.

“He said he didn’t pay any ransom, and also told me that his abductors did not maltreat him in any way.

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The State Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu, confirmed the release of the Commissioner.

The PPRO said, “The Anambra State Police Command today 4th April 2021, wishes to confirm to the members of the public, especially the people of Anambra, the safety of Engr Emeka Ezenwanne, the State Commissioner for Public Utilities.

“The police, military and other security agencies had mounted intense search and rescue efforts, which had closed in on his abductors, thereby forcing his release.

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“The Commissioner returned home unhurt, in the early hours of today 4th April 2021.

“The Police Command had arrested five suspects in connection with the incident and remains committed to apprehending the remaining gang members.”

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