Paramount Ruler of Mbo Local Government Area Released After N50 Million Ransom Payment

While affirming the monarch's freedom, ASP John refrained from divulging whether any monetary transactions had occurred during negotiations with the abductors

HRM Ogwong Okon A. Abang Freed; Community in Shock Over Involvement of Local Youths

 

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In a tense and dramatic turn of events, the Paramount Ruler of Mbo Local Government Area (LGA) of Akwa Ibom state, HRM Ogwong Okon A. Abang, has been released from captivity. 

His release comes after a reported payment of a staggering N50 million ransom to his abductors.

The monarch, who was abducted from his Ebughu Palace on the night of 18th May, endured a harrowing ordeal at the hands of his captors. 

Details surrounding his release remain shrouded in mystery, with conflicting reports emerging regarding the circumstances of the ransom payment.

Confirmation of HRM Abang’s release was provided by the Police Public Relations Officer of the Akwa Ibom Command, ASP Timfon John.

While affirming the monarch’s freedom, ASP John refrained from divulging whether any monetary transactions had occurred during negotiations with the abductors.

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However, a community leader, speaking on condition of anonymity, disclosed to Vanguard that a hefty sum of N50 million was indeed exchanged for the safe return of the paramount ruler. 

This revelation has sent shockwaves throughout the community, particularly as it has been alleged that some local youths were involved in the kidnapping.

Expressing bitterness and outrage, the community leader condemned the greed and envy that motivated individuals within their midst to participate in such a heinous act. 

Assurances were given that those responsible for the abduction, including any complicit youths, would be swiftly brought to justice.

Amidst the jubilation over HRM Abang’s release, concerns persist regarding the deteriorating security situation in Akwa Ibom state. 

The brazen attack on the paramount ruler’s palace, accompanied by gunfire and violence, underscores the vulnerability faced by prominent figures in the region.

The abduction of HRM Abang’s wife, Obonganwan Okon Abang, who sustained a gunshot wound to her leg during the ordeal, further highlights the gravity of the situation. 

Fortunately, she is reported to be recovering well and is expected to be discharged from the hospital soon.

The incident has reignited discussions on the broader issue of insecurity plaguing the state, with particular emphasis on the challenges faced by the Oro ethnic bloc. 

Characterized by a collapsed road network and porous waterways, the region remains susceptible to criminal activities, including kidnapping and violence.

As investigations into the abduction continue, the paramount ruler’s safe return serves as a glimmer of hope amidst the darkness of insecurity.

However, it also serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need for concerted efforts to address the root causes of violence and restore peace and stability to the region.

 

This article was created using automation technology and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

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