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The Imo State Police Command has debunked the viral speculation that Professor Jachimike Adiele was abducted on Saturday at a radio station in Owerri, the state capital.
A statement issued in Owerri by the police spokesperson, Micheal Abattam which was made available to The Eastern Updates, pointed out that the don was arrested by the officers of the Command following a petition written against him.
Viral reports on the social media had stated the don who was anchoring a political programme at the radio station was abducted by gunmen.
However, Abattam said that the don was arrested for jumping bail.
The statement read, ‘The attention of the Imo State Police Command has been drawn to a news making rounds that, today 11/6/2022 at about 0940hrs, one Prof. Jachimike Adiele a staff of Boss FM Radio was abducted by unknown persons.
‘The news is false, because he was never abducted rather, he was arrested by police operatives from Police Area Command Owerri, lmo State.
‘The facts was that, sometime in the month of March, 2022, a lady reported a case of fraud against Prof. Jachimike Adiele at the Police Area Command Owerri, alleging that, the said professor collected the sum of one million two hundred thousand naira (N1.2m) from her with a promise to give her a shop in Douglas market.’
But, after some months, she discovered that there was no shop and demanded for her money but could not get it hence, her report.
‘On the strength of the complaint, Prof Jachimike Adiele was invited. After his statement, the Area Commander released him on bail due to his status in the society. And he promised refunding the money back to the lady on 1/4/2022, but never did rather, he jumped bail.
‘When all efforts made to reach him proved abortive, the surety was invited and he claimed not know the whereabout of the suspect and pleaded for time to trace him.
‘Luck ran against him on 11/6/2022 at about 0940 hours, when the surety got information that, he was in the studio presenting a programme and alerted the police.
‘On arrival, the police were professional, they never went to the station rather, they waited until he concluded his programme presentation and was heading home when he was arrested to the station.
‘He has since been released and on conclusion of investigation, he will be charged to court.’