Kidnappers have freed an Enugu based lawyer, Mr. Ejike Ugwu after eight days in captivity, CITY LAWYER can authoritatively report.

It was gathered that Ugwu returned home late yesterday, though it was unclear when exactly he was released by his captors. There are strong indications that ransom was paid before his release.

CITY LAWYER had in an exclusive report noted how Ugwu was whisked away by unknown gunmen on June 8, 2024 around Emene on the outskirts of Enugu.

The report led to a flurry of calls by Bar Leaders for the safe return of Ugwu who is believed to be an active member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Enugu Branch.

Though Ugwu’s telephone was still switched off at press time, the Chairman of NBA Enugu Branch, Chief Charles Nwagbara confirmed his safe return to CITY LAWYER, saying he had been following up the case.

His words: “Yes. I can confirm that our colleague has been released. He returned home late yesterday.”

Asked whether he is hospitalized after the experience, Nwagbara said he was not aware of that, adding: “He is a fit young man. However, if he will visit the hospital, it has to be today, since he returned late yesterday.”

A post obtained by CITY LAWYER and reportedly made by Ugwu on the branch platform reads: “May God bless you all 🙏🏽🙏🏽😭 Your prayers really worked magic … I was the only victim that was not touched, although my eyes, like others, were blindfolded for 8 days and ransom collected.”

It is recalled that some lawyers have fallen victim of kidnappers recently, with NBA branches in Anambra State boycotting the courts to press for the release of one of the lawyers.

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