How I Was Kidnapped, Anambra Richest Native Doctor Speaks After Freedom

Chukwuebuka Okija


A popular native doctor from Anambra state, Chukwudozie Nwangwu, has regains freedom after six days of captivity.

It was reported that Nwangwu, otherwise known as “Akwa Okuko Tiwaraki,” was abducted from his Triple P Hotel on Sunday when the gunmen attacked him and shot dead two of his security aides.

The incident happened at Oba, a community in Idemili South Local Government Area of the state.

According to a source, the native doctor was released on Saturday morning after reportedly paying an undisclosed amount of money as ransom.

Nwangwu, the native doctor, on Saturday morning, confirmed his release in a video clip which has gone viral on Facebook page.

The native doctor was seen in the clip narrating to his supporters and friends how he was attacked by the hoodlums.

He said he was at one of his hotels around 11:30 p.m. on that fateful night when somebody known as Okey Japan, asked him to come over to another of his hotel.

“Okey Japan said he wanted to see me because it was his first time coming to my hotel. So, I drove my new car to the hotel without anybody with me. Not up to 30 minutes after I arrived there, gunshots started raining,” Mr Nwangwu said in Igbo language.

The native doctor said the kidnappers killed two of his security men and others in the hotel fled.

“When I came out to know what was wrong, they began shooting at me, but I know who I am. They subsequently dragged me into their vehicle and zoomed off.

“If I had wanted to run, I would have run, but I had seen people they would shoot at, if I dared to run. What I did was to save the souls of others. I followed them so I would also not be accused of bringing the kidnappers,” he narrated.

The native doctor said he was infuriated by “nonsense” remarks made by several persons on radio and social media after he was kidnapped.

He did not give details of where he was taken to and what transpired where he was kept.

“They called names of people they would attack later, but I wouldn’t say it myself. Many, about 20, were killed in my presence. They said they wanted to kidnap 50 people.

“Even the sit-at-home we observe, in fact the people are angry. There is something they are complaining about. They want to clear everywhere so that they would be taken seriously,” the native doctor stated.

There are speculations that the native doctor paid about N300 million and additional N50 million to secure his release.

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