Former Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly and member representing Ehime Mbano State Constituency in the Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Lawman Duruji who was kidnapped on Sunday, January 9, 2022 while returning from a function has regained his freedom after spending three days in the kidnappers’ den.
The Umuaka Nsu, Ehime Mbano born political icon who is said to be one of the front liners in the race for the Okigwe South Federal Constituency seat on the platform of the PDP has always been vocal in his comments on contemporary issues without minding whose ox is gored.
It would be recalled that his kidnap which was condemned in different quarters by concerned Imolites across political divides drew the ire of Okigwe youths who in the Nigeria Watchdog Newspaper edition of January, 11, 2022 noted that the development has cast a serious dent on the state government which according to them has failed to live up to expectation as regards the protection of lives and property of the citizens which is the most cardinal responsibility of every responsible and responsive government.
An acclaimed youth leader in Okigwe zone, Comrade Kenkwo Kingsley Kesandu in an early interview with Nigeria Watchdog Newspaper said, “this kind of development portrays the state and the government in very bad light and impedes meaningful socio-economic development no matter how we pretend or the propaganda machinery we deploy to cover up.
Government should therefore rise up to its responsibility because the trend is becoming very frightening and tongues are wagging in different quarters.”
It was however not ascertained if ransom was paid to secure the release of the former Speaker, PDP Stalwart and political leader of Okigwe zone.