Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law of a former governor of Imo State, has been released less than 24 hours after masked police operatives dragged away him during a church service in his hometown of Eziama Obieri in the Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State.
Nwosu, according to a statement released on Monday by his media aide, Chikezie Nwadike, did not spend the night in police facilities.
The statement also refuted the theory that Nwosu was arrested in a church because he had refused numerous police invitations.
The statement challenged the police or anyone who held the opinion to produce documented proof that Nwosu, the Action Alliance’s governorship candidate in the state’s 2019 elections, was invited by the police.
Nwosu stated that he was “fine” and expressed gratitude to Nigerians who stood up for him when his safety was unknown.
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.
“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.”