Eze Joel Udenkwo, the abducted Traditional Ruler of Umudi community in Nkwerre local government area of Imo State has escaped from the camp of his abductors.
Udenkwo was kidnapped on Friday in front of his shop, along Tetlow Road, Owerri.
The monarch who escaped on Monday night disclosed in Owerri on Wednesday, that his kidnappers took him to a forest in Okwu village in Ikeduru local government area where he was tied with a rope and kept at a place. He said that they demanded for N200 million ransom.
He said the ransom was later reduced to N12 million but was not paid because it was already weekend and the sit-at-home that prevented the banks from working on Monday.
He revealed that 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 scene.
“I meandered through the bush while they searched for me without knowing the route I took and subsequently found safety at a nearby house”.
The Monarch disclosed how he narrated his ordeal to people and begged them to help him call an Eze around the community, after identifying himself as a monarch.
“On getting the monarch of the place, he then linked up with the Chairman, Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers who called in the police and the DSS who came and took me away,” Eze Udenkwo further narrated.