Anambra commissioner abducted during attack on Soludo regains freedom

Chukwuma Soludo

Police in Anambra have confirmed that the commissioner for public utilities Emeka Ezenwanne who was abducted on March 31 has been released.

Mr Ezenwanne was taken hostage by unknown persons after a gun battle that led to the death of three police personnel.

The gunmen had invaded the venue of an interactive session between an All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) governorship aspirant Chukwuma Soludo and the youth at Isuofia civic centre.

Confirming his release in a statement on Sunday, Anambra police spokesman Tochukwu Ikenga said Ezenwanne was released in safe condition in the early hours of Sunday.

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

“The Honourable commissioner returned home unhurt, in the early hours of today 4th April 2021,” Ikenga said.

The police spokesman expressed the commitment of the command to apprehend the remaining gang members, after arresting five suspects earlier, as well as ensuring the safety of all residents of the state.

A source quoted by NAN said no ransom was paid to secure the commissioner’s release.