From Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri
Abducted Imo monarch, Eze Joel Udenkwo, the traditional ruler of Umudi in Nkwere Local Government Area of the State has escaped from captivity.
The monarch who narrated how he escaped from his abductors on Monday at a forest in Okwu , Ikeduru council area said he took advantage of the dizziness of some of the hoodlums and escaped.
According to him “I was tied leg and hand, but I pleaded that they should have mercy on me and at least untie my hands, they obliged me and untie my hands.
” This was all happening when they were still eagerly waiting for the N200 million ransom they reduced to 12 million, I still told them I don’t have money but they insisted I pay the ransom. The monarch said.
He continued “While they were waiting for the money to be sent, one of the abductors went to sleep while the other went to smoke Indian hemp.
“It was when I noticed that the two men were nowhere around me that I carefully untied myself, quietly crawled and left the place. I managed to run fast as i can in the forest ,through the bush while they searched for me without knowing the route I took .
“I later found myself at a house nearby where I called out the occupants whom I narrated my ordeal to and begged them to help me call a monarch around the community, after identifying myself as a monarch, this was happening at about 10 pm.” He added.
He said the natives of the place later helped him to contact the police who came and rescued him from the place.
However, when contacted, the police image maker in the State, Michael Abattam confirmed the monarch’s escape.
“Yes, we are aware of his escape, we have to quickly swing into action when we heard the distress call where he was and rescued him unhurt.” Abattam said .