By Anayo Okoli
Â Umuahia -Three Chinese expatriate workers kidnapped by hoodlums in Abia were released today, one week after they were kidnapped.
The kidnapped expatriate workers, staffers of NIFEST Steel Rolling Mill, Aba, were brought to Government House Umuahia at yesterday at the instance of the state governor, Chief Theodore Orji, who expressed his sympathy with kidnap victims assured them that they would not encounter such experience in the state again.
In his remarks, the General Manager of the NIFEST Steel Rolling Mill, Mr. Charles Ogbonna said the release of the Chinese men was due to the initiative of the state government in proclaiming amnesty to the kidnappers and other criminals in the state.
â€œActually if not for this initiative, I donâ€™t know what could have happened to these menâ€, Ogbonna lamented; saying that they were confused after the kidnappers informed them that they were holding the expatriate workers.
The situation was worsened because the three Chinese do not speak and do not understand English language, which made communicate with their captors very difficult. Their captors took to the bush and seized their laptops, money and while they were fed them with few fingers of banana.