A son-in-law to a former governor of Imo State, Uche Nwosu, has been released less than 24 hours after he was whisked away during a church service at his hometown, Eziama Obieri in the Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State, by masked police operatives.
Nwosu in a statement issued on Monday by his media aide, Chikezie Nwadike, disclosed that he didn’t spend the night in the facilities of the police.
The statement also debunked the speculation that Nwosu was arrested in a church because he had refused to honour many police invitations extended to him.
The statement challenged the police or anybody who held the opinion to produce a documented proof wherein Nwosu, a governorship candidate of the Action Alliance in 2019 elections in the state, was invited by the police.
Nwosu said that he was “fine” and thanked Nigerians who stood up for him when his safety was not known.
The statement reads in part, “This is to inform the general public, friends and well-wishers, supporters and sympathisers that Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, who was abducted by security agencies while observing church service at the St Peter’s Anglican Church Umunwokwe Village Eziama-Obaire, Nkwerre LGA, has regained his freedom and released unconditionally. He never spent a night in their custody as every effort was put in place to get him out.
“Recall the ugly incident that took place yesterday, December 26, 2021, at St Peter’s Anglican Church as security operatives swooped inside the church during the outing service after his mother’s burial and whisked him away amidst sporadic shootings and harassment of the congregation.
“I have spoken with him and he extended his greetings to all of us out there.
The statement further added, “While we await a police report on the reasons for the abduction and arrest, we call on everyone to remain calm and focused because God is in charge of the whole situation.
“Ugwumba Uche Nwosu is a perfect gentleman who has a great deal of respect for constituted authorities and has never for once been caught up in civil disobedience. There was never an invitation and if anyone says otherwise, let the person come forth with evidence.”