Former Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nduka Eya, an elder statesman, and octogenarian, who was kidnapped on Thursday night, has regained his freedom.
He was rescued by a team of policemen who stormed the kidnappers’ den at a forest in Emene, near Enugu, around 10 am on Saturday.
The Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ebere Amaraizu, a Superintendent of Police (SP), who confirmed the development, stated that Chief Eya was rescued by operatives of the Anti Kidnap Unit of the Enugu state police Command “through intelligence information and coordinated operation.”
According to Amaraize, “the police in the early hours of 5/8/17 rescued Prof Nduka Eya who was allegedly abducted on 3/8/17 at Ezillo street independence layout Enugu. He was rescued unhurt by the operatives following an operation carried out in a forest along Enugu/Abakiliki Expressway in which one suspect identified as one
Chibundu Amadi was arrested.
“Recovered from him is a locally made gun and he is helping the operatives in their investigations.
“Meanwhile, the rescued victim has re-united with his family while manhunt for other suspects is intensified. It could be recalled that the state command has assured that measures have been put in place to rescue the victim as well as arresting culprits following the report about his abduction on 3/8/17,” a statement by the PPRO noted.
Meanwhile Chief Eya told journalists who visited him shortly after his release, that he was told that his driver was the person that gave him out to the kidnappers.
Chief Eya who was in high spirits, told the crowd of sympathizers who thronged his house how he was kidnapped around 9.30pm on Thursday when he was about to take his coffee before going to bed, and the ordeal he went through for three days before his rescue.
He said the kidnappers apparently working with his driver, came into the compound through the main gate which the gate man had earlier wanted to bolt it but the driver told him not to, as they were expecting some visitors.
He said that the kidnappers, three of them walked into his main building through the kitchen door with the driver who they were beating to give the impression that he was not part of the plot.
He said that when they came in they pointed a gun at him and he followed to his own car and the driver (who usually keeps the car key) was commandeered to drive them up to Emene, before one of the kidnappers took over from him and meandered into the forest.
He said that on arrival in the forest he discovered over time that the number of the kidnappers increased to between 14 and 20 and that they moved him from one location to another.
He said that they demanded N25 million initially before it got down to N2 million, as he kept reminding them that he was a poor retiree and had no such money.
“I was rescued by the Police. My driver was part of it; they said he brought the business. I can tell you, Police when they want to work, they work. After all the rigmarole, I was tortured, I was beaten but I just said why do you strike me? The driver was there, they beat him too but I don’t know if it is the same type of beating they gave me.
“But one funny thing is that for three days I was blindfolded, but they didn’t blindfold the driver. He was the driver who took us out to the bush, he was driving. And this is a young man, he had no job, I just employed him,” he said.