Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, His Eminence, Samuel Kanu-Uche, has said that his recent abduction has nothing to do with the Indigenous People of Biafra.
According to the cleric, his ordeal last Sunday was a pure kidnapping by Fulani herdsmen.
“They are Fulani children born in Igboland. It has nothing to do with IPOB,” he said.
Kanu-Uche was kidnapped alongside the Methodist Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Dennis Mark, and the prelate’s chaplain, Very Rev. Shitti, along the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway in Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State on Sunday.
He has since narrated his ordeal to newsmen, however, during an interview with AriseTV, the clergy man who regained his freedom after a payment of N100 million ransom, absolve IPOB from his ordeal.
He said that some of his abductors were from Sudan and Mali and had lived in Nigeria for a long time.
“What they did to me has nothing to do with IPOB. It was pure kidnapping by Fulani herdsmen. They are Fulani children born in Igbo land. It has nothing to do with IPOB.
“Some people have plans to do something in this country. There is something they are planning,” he said.
Describing his abductors as heartless,he said, ”They threatened to kill me during the negotiations; these kidnappers have sponsors who are the brains behind it. Their leader is a Fulani from Sudan; two were from Mali, and another from Songhai but they have lived in Nigeria for many years. They were stark illiterates; only one who claimed to be born at Umuahia was fluent.
“They took my wedding ring, took my costly wrist watch, my chain and everything, money but life is more than that. They were heartless.
“The other one spoke well and with the level he spoke, I believe he went to a level above secondary school.”