Speaking to newsmen in Owerri, Bolanta said the family defied repeated warnings from the police not to negotiate or pay any ransom to the abductors, adding that the family of the governor’s aide did so without the knowledge of the police.
The commissioner further added that the police had recovered and returned N7 million paid by the family.
According to the Commissioner, “After we returned the money to the family, they defied our warnings and continued negotiations with the kidnappers.
“They went behind us and paid N8 million to the kidnappers,” he said.
He, however, reassured residents of the state that the fleeing kidnappers would be brought to book.
“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.’’