Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr. Samuel Chukwuemeka Uche, has negated reports claiming the identity of his abductors were Igbos.
Speaking after his release from the kidnappers den, the cleric insisted that he was abducted by young Fulanis; adding that one of the offenders was arrested at a bank, while trying to stash his share of the paid ransom. He downplayed talks of an ‘inside job’, and intelligence reports stating the prime suspect was an indigene of his village.
According to Uche, his captors claimed they were from Sudan, Mali and Niger. He then failed to confirm if any arrests have been made when asked about it.
‘I don’t know. The police should know that. What I know is that all the people within our area went to the bush to fish out the culprits. I don’t know if any of my people was involved. The person they alleged that hails from my village is from another area in Abia State, I am not from Abia. I am from Imo State,’ he said.
‘I am not a small boy. I am almost 70 years, I can’t tell you what I don’t know. Those who took me to the bush are all Fulani. Government is trying to cover up, but they cannot cover up because I have exposed them to the international community. They are uncomfortable with the truth that I said. What I said was the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Where I was kidnapped is not my village.
‘I don’t think it is an insider’s job. I didn’t see any Igbo man among the kidnappers. They are all Fulani boys. In fact, some of them said they are from Sudan, some said they are from Mali, some said they are from Niger and they were eight in number. That is what I know,’ Uche continued.
Dr. Samuel Chukwuemeka Uche was kidnapped alongside his chaplain, and the Bishop of Owerri Diocese three weeks ago. All three were abducted in Abia State, and eventually released after a 100 million naira ransom was paid.