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August 18, 2018

Kidnappers free Varsity don’s wife in Owerri

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Lolo Esther Uzoma, wife of Prof. Protus Uzoma, a university lecturer and newspaper columnist, who was abducted last Sunday in her World Bank Estate Owerri, has been set free.
Gunmen had abducted Lolo Uzoma at about 10 pm last Sunday.
Her husband, Prof. Uzoma who is also a columnist with several newspapers, told reporters that the armed men had stormed their residence on Sunday night, asking for his whereabouts and his wife had told them that he was not around. However, after ransacking the whole house, they took her away at gunpoint.
His words: “Yesterday (Sunday) at about 10 pm, armed men stormed my residence at the World Bank Area of Owerri, the Imo State capital, demanding for my whereabouts from my wife and her explanation that I was not around was not satisfactory to them. But when they searched the entire house and did not find me, they abducted my wife at gunpoint.
“On August 20, 2014, eight armed men had also invaded my house but the police were able to kill four of them, while the others escaped. I am appealing to the kidnappers to please, return my wife because I have no problem with anybody and as a social critic, my duty is to always point out the ills in the society, which those in authority should correct for the good of all and sundry.”
He pointed out that prior to this time that he used to have police security but that they were withdrawn because of the new police Inspector General of Police and appealed to police authority to restore his police security to secure the life of his family.
However, Prof. Uzoma commended the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu, who he said, responded promptly after the matter was reported, adding that operatives of the police command have been working round the clock in search of his abducted wife.
According to reports, the woman was dropped off in the early hours of Wednesday, September 23, along Obinze Road in Owerri-West LGA from where she traced her way home. It was not certain whether ransom was paid for her release.
There has been resurgence of armed robbery and kidnapping in World Bank axis of Owerri in recent times. Several homes at Site and Services had been attacked by armed robbers. However, police responded quickly to distress calls but they continued to harass residents.


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