Bolanta confirmed to newsmen today in Owerri, that despite repeated warnings from the police, they went ahead and negotiated with her abductors.
He said that the family of the Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Affairs, eventually paid the sum. However, he added that the State Police, recovered N7 million and returned it to the family.
“We returned the money to the family, they defied our warnings and continued negotiations with the kidnappers,” he said. “They went behind us and paid N8 million to the kidnappers.”
He then reassured residents of Imo State, that the kidnaopopers, who are still at large, will be apprehended.
“We have made some arrests in connection with the case and very soon they will all be apprehended.
“Let me assure the good people of Imo that we will not rest until all forms of criminality has been eradicated from this state.”