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Abducted Imo monarch freed

The traditional ruler of Umueze Nguru autonomous community in Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, Eze Charles Iroegbu, his cabinet chiefs and palace guards who were kidnapped three days ago have been released. had reported that the revered monarch, who is the owner and Chief Executive Officer of All States Mass Transit, his five cabinet chiefs and two palace guards were kidnapped after attending a traditional wedding ceremony in the Ehime Mbano LGA of the state on Wednesday.

Panic had had engulfed the community as their abductors refused to establish communication with the royal family or anybody in the kingdom.

They however got reprieve Saturday morning, as the monarch, his five cabinet chiefs and two palace guards were freed.

A source in the palace told ThePunch that the entire community was jubilating over the safe return of “His Royal Majesty, the cabinet chiefs and the two palace guards.”

The source said, “Go and tell it to the whole world, my king, our king, the symbol of authority in our kingdom has been released. His cabinet chiefs and two palace guards who were kidnapped with him on Wednesday were also freed by the kidnappers. They returned to the kingdom this morning.”

It is not yet clear of any ransom was paid for their release.

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