Kidnappers free Imo activist after N7m ransom

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A popular Imo State based pro-democracy activist , Paulcy Iwuala, has regained his freedom after spending 14 days in kidnappers ’ den .

Southern City News learnt on Friday that he was dropped off at Atta in the Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State by the kidnappers in the early hours of Tuesday .

According to a family source , who craved anonymity , Iwuala was freed after friends and family members provided over N7m in instalments as ransom to his abductors who had earlier demanded N50 m as ransom for his freedom .

The kidnap victim, who narrated his experience in the hands of his abductors to Southern City News at his family house in Owerri , said that he saw death.

He said , “What I experienced for 14 days was better imagined than experienced . I was blindfolded , taken to a forest and was beaten continuously like a common criminal. I was not allowed to take my bath .

“ They initially demanded for N50 m , but thank God I am a free man now .They did not release my jeep to me . They even called for a buyer in my presence.

“ The doctor is here and I am ready to run all the medical tests , but most importantly , I want to thank millions of Nigerians who prayed and launched a social media campaign for my release.

“ This experience has further fortified me to keep fighting for humanity , the destitute, the less privileged ones , orphans and sick children . We must devote our life for God ’s use only . ”

The state Police Public Relations Officer , Mr. Andrew Enwerem , could not be reached for comments as he was said to be in attendance at the South East Security Summit in Owerri which attracted the presence of the Inspector-General of Police , Mr. Ibrahim Idris .

It was earlier reported that Iwuala, founder of Genius Eyes International , was kidnapped along the Spibat area of Owerri while returning from the birthday party of one of his friends at the new Owerri axis of the state capital .

After holding Iwuala for 10 days , his abductors communicated with his family , demanding huge amount as ransom for his release.

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