By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—The traditional ruler of Isiebu autonomous community in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, Eze Hyacinth Onyenankeya, narrowly escaped being kidnapped yesterday.
Confirming his narrow escape to Vanguard, the royal father explained that the suspected kidnappers engaged the services of his house girl (names withheld).
“She was assigned the responsibility of ensuring that the back door of my Amaifeke, Orlu residence, and all the doors leading into my bedroom were left opened,” Eze Onyenankeya recounted.
Explaining how the bubble burst, the royal father said he was startled by a strange drop of a whitish substance, adding that on flashing his torchlight at the window of his bedroom, he saw a figure walking away.
“I quickly alerted one of my tenants who also woke others up. Some of them came out but my house help was seen in my guest house.
‘’She later confided in my sister, Cecilia Oguzie, and ran away from my house thereafter,” Eze Onyenankeya said.
The royal father affirmed that he promptly reported the matter to the police, adding that he gave the names of people he suspected of masterminding the plot.
“I was, however, disappointed that what I told the police in strict confidence was later rolled out to the suspects and they later came back bragging, as they relayed all I told the police,” the royal father said.
While noting that most of the suspects had disappeared from Orlu, Eze Onyenankeya also appealed to the police high command to come to his aid.
When contacted on his mobile phone, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, described kidnapping, murder and armed as capital offences that would not be toyed with by any police officer.
Although the PPRO could not categorically confirm if the letter addressed to the Commissioner of Police by the royal father’s lawyer had been received, he was, however, unable to explain how the alleged kidnap suspects got details of the private discussion Eze Onyenankeya held with a top police officer in Orlu Area Command.