The police said the people were found innocent after investigations.
The Ebonyi Police Command on Saturday in Abakaliki released some innocent suspects who were arrested in connected with the kidnap of a man on December 21.
Franklin Ajah was abducted by a group of armed men at the Ugwuachara area of Abakaliki while inspecting his building project.
He was later found in a house at the Mgbukobe area of the town after an undisclosed amount of money was said to have been paid as ransom.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Ebonyi, Sylvester Igbo, said that when the command got wind of the case, its men swooped on the building where the victim was held hostage.
He said the police were able to effect the release of the victim after apprehending some suspected kidnappers.
“We employed the ‘Judge’s Rule’ system, where several suspects are arrested in connection with a case and screened to ascertain the real culprits,” Mr. Igbo said.
“We arrested most people living in the building and neigbourhood but after their screening, we released those who were not connected with the kidnapping case.
“ The police spokesperson said the command, however, detected two persons who were connected directly to the case.
“After full investigations are concluded, the duo would be charged to court,” he said.
Mr. Igbo would not confirm whether a ransom was paid for Mr. Ajah’s release but family sources said that a ransom was actually paid.
The police spokesperson assured citizens of the state of the command’s readiness to provide them with adequate security at all times.
Kidnapping has been on the rise in many parts of Nigeria with many victims’ families preferring to pay ransom to the kidnappers than trust the police to free the victims.
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