Mr. Uchenna Nwube, the Ebonyi State government house photographer, has regained his freedom after three days in the kidnappers’ den.
Nwube was abducted at around 7 p.m. on Wednesday on the Okigwe-Aba-Enugu highway.
He was abducted in the area, while returning to Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, from Aba, Abia State.
His neighbor and family friend Mr Simion Ituma told News Agency of Nigeria that Nwube was released on Saturday.
Ituma explained that the victim regained his freedom alongside his friend’s mother-in-law, who was with him.
He said: “Yes he has been released but at the moment he is at Ogwu Police Station in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State.
“He was taken to the police station to accommodate him with the Nigeria Police officers. You know his car was taken to the police after he was kidnapped.
“I must tell you that he is free and healthy, as is his friend’s mother-in-law. Thank God for everything.
The photographer, we learned, had issued a distress call to his colleague to confirm his abduction after being ordered to do so by his captors.
He reportedly said the kidnappers were asking for 50 million naira for his release.
A friend of the photographer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent that Nwube was released early on Saturday by his captors after his family and friends paid a ransom of 300,000 naira.
“Yes, Mr. Nwube has been released. Thank God. The kidnappers collected 300,000 naira for his release. Let’s give thanks to God,” the source said.
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