…Former CBN governor not aware of any ransom paid to free Anambra abduted commissioner, Emeka Ezenwanne
By Bonaventure Melah
Former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Chukwuma Soludo has said he is not aware of any ransom paid for the rescue of Anambra State commissioner for Public Utilities, Engr. Emeka Ezenwanne.
The commissioner was abducted in the evening of Wednesday last week during an attack on Soludo who was addressing a stakeholders’ meeting at the civic centre in his hometown of Isuofia.
The attackers killed three policemen at the venue of the meeting.
Engr. Emeka Ezenwanne was freed this Sunday morning at 2.30am. African Community News broke the news to the public.
While fielding question on Arise TV Sunday afternoon, Soludo expressed happiness over the freedom gained by the commissioner and thanked Nigerians for expressing concern and offering prayers for the commissioner’s release.
He commended the police and other security agencies for the gallantry displayed during the attack and consoled the families of the ‘gallant policemen that fought fiercely,’ according to him.
Soludo said he is stronger in the race for the Anambra State governorship election of November, saying it would be unthinkable for back-out or run away because of threat by hoodlums.
He said that he sees the attack as a motivator to get more involved in the how to solve Anambra challenges, like insecurity and others facing the state and the country, in consolidation of the achievements of Governor Wille Obiano.
On his chances of winning the ticket of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Soludo said he is sure of getting more than 95 percent of delegates votes in the primary election is free, fair and transparent.
He extoled Governor Obiano for quality leadership, saying the governor was committed to continuing quality leadership, saying the governor would support whomever he considers the best.