Nze Oliver Nwaozuzu , the Eze-elect of Awo Mbieri in Mbaitoli Local Government Area who was released on Thursday, May 10, 2012 by his abductors after three days in captivity has revealed that his abductors were actually paid to kill him.
More details from a Leadership newspaper publication reads as follows:
According to the traditional ruler who addressed journalists in Owerri over the weekend, he disclosed that the boys who kidnapped him confessed to him while in their custody that they were paid fifteen million naira to kill him after his kidnap.
However, Nwaozuzu said that his kind gesture towards them while in their captivity change their minds and prompted them to let him go after parting with some whopping sum of money.
The lucky Eze-elect who though condemned the act of kidnapping confessed that the boys were nice to him during the duration as they fed him with his favourite local foods “moimoi” and even allowed him take his bath.
Although the monarch would not disclose the amount he parted with as ransom, but a very reliable family source hinted LEADERSHIP that he got his freedom back with the sum of N55 million after bargaining from an initial N100 million they demanded.
While Nwaozuzu still maintained that his rival contenders to the throne of the community were responsible for his kidnap, the police in the state thought otherwise. Mr. Samuel Oodee, the state police image maker told LEADERSHIP that no ransom was paid and waved aside the claim that the kidnap was motivated by the Ezeship tussle.
Meanwhile, two members of the gang that murdered the Eze-elect of Umeze, Obazu in Ogwa, Mbaitoli Local Government Area of the state, Stanley Akuneto are said to be presently under the custody of the Nwaorieubi Police Division. The two were said to have been caught by the villagers themselves and handed over to the police.
The two arrested were from the same community as the late monarch and one of them (names withheld) was even said to be a relation to the slain royal father.
When contacted, the police image maker, Odee, said he was yet to be briefed, as he was in Abuja as at the time of the report.