Kidnappers’ free popular monarch after collecting bag of rice, chicken as ransom


The traditional ruler of Nkalagu Obukpa community in Nsukka local government area of Enugu state, Igwe James Agbogo, who was kidnapped on December 21, has regained freedom.

The traditional ruler, who was abducted in his palace, was set free on Christmas day by the bandits after he had spent four days in their den.

According to village sources, the monarch was freed after his family had sent one bag of rice, one big chicken, a carton of wine and other food ingredients with a total of N6 million to his kidnappers as ransom.

Agbogo was preparing for his own coronation slated for December 28, when the abductors struck.

“Igwe regained freedom yesterday (Christmas) day, but he has been taken to the hospital for treatment,” a village source stated.

The source added:

“His sad kidnap happened at Nkalagu_Obukpa last Thursday night at about 8:00pm.

You know he is preparing for his coronation on 28th DECEMBER 2023 after emerging as the Igwe-elect of the community.

“But the funny thing about his kidnap is that the guys demanded the sum of N6 million and insisted that a bag of rice a carton of wine and other food ingredients must accompany the ransom or they would kill him.

“Well, everyone rallied round to make everything available so that Igwe will regain his freedom.”